Should all Public Transport be Electric Powered?

Should all public transport be electric powered?
Should all public transport be electric powered?

As governments around the world continue to publicise their support for the electric car industry, there is a growing discussion as to whether all public transport should be powered by electric. The fact is that governments around the world are already investing hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money into the industry, so if they are that certain it is going to be a success, why should they not automatically transfer all public transport to electric power?

While it would be wrong to suggest there are no electric buses, etc., within the public transport network the fact is that a journey down your local high street will likely see you come across a number of old relatively inefficient buses pumping out masses of tailpipe emissions. Can you imagine the difference, not only to the atmosphere and the environment, but also the electric transport industry if all public transport was indeed electric powered?

Are governments that certain of success this time round?

While the fact is that governments have invested millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money into the industry, yet again, and many believe this is the time for electric vehicles, nobody can be 100% certain. If local authorities and the federal government were to insist upon electric powered public transport and then the industry was to fall away and die, yet again, this would leave a potentially large financial hole in the worldwide transport network.

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The truth is that the electric car industry has tried and failed on numerous occasions, with and without government backing, and there are still many who are sceptical even at this moment in time. There are however a number of red herrings with some people suggesting alternative fuel technology will overtake electric car technology in the short term, when in reality the electricity needed to fuel these vehicles is all around us.

Leading by example

As we touched on above, it would be wrong to suggest there are no electric vehicles in the UK, U.S., and other major countries around the world, but very often they are introduced in a very low-key manner. Surely government and local authorities around the world should, at the very least, publicise the introduction of such electric vehicles, or are they concerned about consumer confidence?

Various governments around the world have already signed up to legally binding emissions targets and will start to panic unless the take-up of environmentally friendly modes of transport, such as electric cars, is taken up in greater numbers. There is no doubt that the industry does need a kickstart, there is no doubt that governments are helping businesses and consumers, but perhaps we need to see yet more advertising and promotion of the industry.

Conclusion

Public transport is a very hot topic at the moment in many countries due to a variety of austerity measures and the ever-growing emissions problem from the transport sector. If governments were to make the introduction of electric buses and other electric modes of public transport legally binding then this would gain more media coverage and ultimately in time inject more confidence into the mass motoring market.

Many governments around the world seem very happy to invest hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer’s money into the industry but when push comes to shove, are they so confident that they are willing to push electric transport onto the public transport sector?