Fair Fuel APPG for UK Motorists and UK Hauliers August 2021 Page | 31 The numbers are telling: Drax uses about 0.31 kilogram of coal per KWh generated. A Tesla battery is rated at 70 KWh and (fast charging delivers only 60% of a full efficient battery) will need 125 KWh of electricity for a single charge; this works out as about 40 kilograms (0.31×125) of coal for a full charge [87kg on Greenpeace analysis data]. The cost of electricity for the range available in a Tesla—200 miles in summer; 100 miles in winter—works out at around £19. The petrol for 200 miles costs more but most of that cost is tax (currently about 60-65%)—about £28. In winter, for 100 miles, the petrol costs just £15. During trials, between 1927-30, of British steam locomotives a typical result was: for a 500-ton express train, coal was consumed at the rate of 20 kg per mile. Over 200 miles therefore 4000 kg was consumed. Scaling down to a two-ton car: 4000 ÷ 250 = 16 kg coal. Even allowing for economies of scale, compare to 40 kg required by a Tesla. The Tesla battery alone weighs 800kg—that is nearly a ton—equivalent to ten passengers (an average petrol engine + fuel weighs about 140kg+). Are EVs to be continually subsidised by UK Taxpayers? The cost of running an electric car is paraded as a huge benefit, but can the taxpayer supported EV subsidy be maintained forever in order to keep repeating that claim? Even though electric cars are still much more expensive than petrol and diesel alternatives, that gap in price is gradually narrowing and there is at least now an argument that some electric models make a lot of sense on financial grounds. However, the discrepancies once tax is taken out of the equation will surprise all. Buyacar .co.uk looked at the cost of running an EV vs a Petrol. They chose a BMW i3 EV and a petrol 318i. Here is their analysis 18 . The Government rely on £35bn every year from Fuel Duty and VAT from petrol, diesel and other fossil fuelled vehicle fill-up tax receipts. If in the example comparison above, the petrol fuel tax is removed, this would amount to over 9p per mile less. Making the cost of filling up for the BMW 318i reduced to just over 5p per mile. In addition, EVs pay no VED. In this analysis, if the petrol car enjoyed zero VED too, that would reduce annual running cost for the 318i by 3.7p per mile. Now, on the face of it in the table, the EV being 7p per mile cheaper to run, is an attractive proposition. Though not as eye- catching as the environmentalist regime always claim.