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Electric Cars To Aid Scottish Independence From England?

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England has been at war with many dozens of countries over the last few millenia, but its neighbor to the north has to be one of its most frequent rivals.

Things are altogether calmer these days and aside from occasional differences (and jibes) over food, accents or formal dress, Scots and Brits typically get along.

There are those who want to make Scotland an independent nation again though, and it's the electric car finding itself a pawn in the game.

Next year will see a referendum asking Scottish voters, "Should Scotland be an independent country?".

At the center of the debate is the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), and they're using the electric car as a tool to encourage independence.

It all hinges on the Scots' attitude towards breaking free of Great Britain, and their attitudes towards going green. Currently, they're much more in favor of the latter, says The Globe and Mail.

In fact, a recent survey from Friends of the Earth revealed 88 percent of Scots support plans to cut fossil fuel use and increase alternative energy production--compared to less than a third who support independence.

Those stats have had SNP politicians promising to line major roads and parking areas with charging points. Encourage people to go electric, and the country can exercise its potential sources of green energy--wind, tidal power and biomass. We note solar is conspicuously absent from that list--read into that what you will...

The bottom line is that an energy-independent Scotland might decide political independence is worth having, too.

The independence of Scotland is best left to those who have a stake in the matter, but if politics helps get people into electric cars and cleaner energy without taking away their FREEDOM! (sorry, couldn't resist...), then perhaps the electric car as political plaything isn't always as bad as it seems.

[Hat tip: Brian Henderson]

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  1. Scotland should definitely electrify as much of their transportation as possible anyway. With all of their available windpower, in spite of Donald Trump, they could be the next demonstration test-bed for charging infrastructure. And, it wouldn't need to be Level 2 charging everywhere, either. A mixture (which they would assist in determining) of probably 5% Level 3, 25% Level 2 and 70% Level 1 would be my guess for the optimum mass charging efficiency. Level 1 charging would work best in employers parking lots. The rest would be at employer parking, and retail locations, with Level 3 along highways. Don't forget, Alaska has parking lots with Level 1 outlets at every space, used for block heaters. Add a revenue-grade meter and voila!
     
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  2. Scotland could probably be an excellent place to deploy the better place charging network, with 60-100 swap-stations and thousands of charge spots around pubs shops and wherever cars park. All they really need to do is tax the gasoline which stinks up the air and use the proceeds to install EV charging.
     
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  3. half a dozen Level 3 charge points near major road intersections, and Level 2 charge points in public parking and entertainment districts would do a lot.
     
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  4. Those stats have had SNP politicians promising to line major roads and parking areas with charging points. Encourage people to go electric, and the country can exercise its potential sources of green energy--wind, tidal power and biomass. We note solar is conspicuously absent from that list--read into that what you will...

    Perhaps they left out solar because it is the ultimate distributed generation, power to the people so to speak. The others would be business operated much the same way traditional power companies are. We must not offend all the big businesses if we want their support.
     
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