Re: Tesla's progress is amazing
Free to use the leccy but £1.50/hour parking (limit 2 hours). more expensive than any other car park in town. Go figure.
Tragic. The rest of us are subsidising your EV at the moment in a multitude of ways, so if you have to use a more expensive car park and get free electricity you'll have to forgive my lack of sympathy. However, with £35bn raised in road based taxes, the honeymoon period of both cash subsidies and tax exemptions for EVs is already starting to draw to a close. Anybody in the UK buying a Tesla S from 2 April 2017 and will be paying £310 road tax each year for the first five years, and we'll progressively see road taxes creeping up even for lower cost EVs.
Unless the government will forgo all those road taxes (and I think we can agree that they won't), then they need to raise about £800 per car per year. Whilst there's few EVs in the fleet, they can avoid the issue and allow fossil fuels to take the tax, once we have any appreciable level of EV penetration they need to come up with a way of taxing them at the same sort of level. So that could be GPS tracked road pricing (you do want your every movement recording, don't you?), a flat rate £800 a year vehicle duty, variable duty based on expected mileage that amounts to around 7p/mile, or some other cludge like a 22p/kWh surcharge on electricity used for vehicle charging.
I think they'll decide road pricing is the way forward. They'll use the GPS and mobile capabilities built in for the e-call system (mission creep, what a surprise!), some bunch like Crapita will be contracted to build and operate a complex and expensive central registry of all vehicle movements, and drivers will be charged from a baseline that needs to be around that c7p per mile - more on congested roads or at peak times, less for off peak. The next step will be that GPS tracking will be used for automated enforcement of speed and certain other rules. As you can imagine, there's a whole host of practical difficulties, but looking at the government's commitment to their beloved smart meter programme, do you think that they will be put off?