Thought of the Day: Conversion Factors (Mark, March 28, 2014)

Mark responds to Nikki’s thoughts from yesterday on the current political situation in Russia will impact the adoption rate of EVs and talks about what will make people make the switch to driving electric.

Unlike our other shows, Thought of the Day is our chance to muse on one big story in the news each day, using it as a spring board to explore other topics, sometimes even outside of the Transport Evolved universe. Every weekday, Nikki and Mark will take it in turns to explore a story that catches our eye, developing a back and forth conversation between Transport Evolved’s two regular hosts.

As with our Quick Charge series, our Thought of the Day will be recorded very simply on a single smartphone, but then quickly edited together using the jump cut edit style popular with many YouTube vlogs. We think this style complements our other shows and offers us a different way to share our thoughts with you, our readers and viewers.

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  • Richard Glover

    A little while ago on the radio there was a report on the decline of young people learning to drive. Cost of learning, high insurance, petrol prices etc.nnMy lad will be 17 at the end of this year so I want him learning electric and he is cool with that.nnAs I say to him, the Leaf has to be one of the easiest cars to drive, he knows how good it is, the fuelu2019s cheap and adding him to my insurance isnu2019t frightening. nnMy lovely daughter had a few ice driving lessens whilst still at school (6th form) but it seems to me an EV is the perfect vehicle to give them those taster lessens.nnInstall a charging points at the school, provide the car, cover the insurance costs, what better way to promote emission free motoring? nnWho can Transport Evolved get to do this?

    • Mark Chatterley

      I believe there are a couple of driving lesson providers using Leafs now. I’ll see if I can hunt them out for you.

  • Kalle Centergren

    cost is defenatly the thing. if the cost of a electric car it to high at the moment for mas market adoption.nin norway they have crazy high taxws on petrol cars and no tax on electrics, that have makede the electric swithch have started to hapen.nnnthe switch will hapen as soon as the prisess come down to the prise of petral cars. and that sorley will hapen.