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John: I bought a Tesla electric car a couple of years ago and have already done away with it and reverted to a petrol car. The trouble charging it - especially on long journeys where it takes anything up to 3 times longer to cover the distance as when we get to a charging point, it is either closed - broken or has a queue waiting to use it and the time involved is - waiting around and wasting hours on end each time and it is so frustrating.

With a wife and 3 kids in the back to keep amused while we wait, is just a joke.

If a petrol car, it takes just 10 minutes to fill with petrol, pay and go - whereas I have wasted 3 hours in a charging station - and it is far from convenient.

I estimated after driving to your place from Manchester, that it cost me more in electric charging than it would if I bought petrol - TWICE AS EXPENSIVE - so what is the point ?

You let me fully charge at your place and you just charged me £10 using an extension lead through your kitchen window - but in a forecourt of a Mc Donald's or Burger King, who do offer charging points, is so expensive it beggars belief.

Do not tell me it is better for the environment as that is sere bollocks, as electricity has to be generated from something and nuclear is far from safe.

My electric car was also twice as heavy as my petrol car and there are restrictions where you can park as multi story car parks are not designed for so many heavy vehicles and restrict you to the ground floor, which is usually always full.

At Christmas, I waited for over 6 hours in a Tesla charging station. 6 hours.

It also wears out tyres much faster - as well as the road surface.

My electric car is no more. I went back to petrol and while I was trying to do my bit for the environment, when costs treble, then it makes no sense at all. When convenience is massively less - less charging points - queues when you get there - costly electricity - then what is the point ?

The government has got to get its act together and sort this out as more and more people revert to petrol as it's simple to stressful. Perfect for local driving to and from Sainsburys or Waitrose - but anything other then that, you have to constantly plan ahead as to where you can charge as many garages either don't have charging points, or too few for the cars that need them and again, it's damned expensive.

Robert M.


John Bellamy Comments: I have enquired a couple of times about having a proper charging point placed outside in the car park and every company I deal with messes me about.

The average charge for a trickle flow, so the same as an extension lead through the window - is £3,000 for the machine.

A speedy charger goes up to £12,000 per charger and this is ridiculous. WTF is going to pay that ?

Each company also would not tell me the price and just kept sending me technical details which I am absolutely not interested in or understand:- What I wanted - what I repeatedly asked for and repeatedly was ignored, was a picture of what the machine looked like and the costs involved, and after being sent dozens of pages of technical waffle - I just got pissed off and told them to fuck off. Not one was professional and / or competent to answer my questions, and I was a prospective customer - wanting to have one installed - and now I - quite simply - won't.

The government is pushing this forward LONG before the infrastructure is in place and LONG before the cars themselves are capable of giving a better service, charging faster, and not feel like you are driving an elephant around. It's also too soon for the National Grid to even cope with the extra demand in many locations and if you live in a flat, you are screwed.



A housewife takes a lover during the day, while her husband is at work.

Not aware that 9-year-old son was hiding in the closet.

Her husband came home unexpectedly, so she hid her lover in the closet.

The boy now has company.

Boy: "Dark in here."

Man: "Yes it is."

Boy: "I have a baseball."

Man: "That's nice."

Boy: "Want to buy it?"

Man: "No, thanks."

Boy: "My dad's outside."

Man: "OK, how much?"

Boy: "£250."

In the next few weeks, it happens again that the boy and the mom's lover are in the closet together.

Boy: "Dark in here."

Man: "Yes, it is."

Boy: "I have a baseball glove."

Man: "That's nice."

Boy: "Want to buy it?"

Man: "No, thanks."

Boy: "I'll tell."

Man: "How much?"

Boy: "£750."

Man: "Fine."

A few days later, the father says to the boy, "Grab your glove. Let's go outside and toss the baseball!"

The boy says, "I can't. I sold them."

The father asks, "How much did you sell them for?"

The son says, "£1,000."

The father says, "That's terrible to over-charge your friends like that. That is way more than those two things cost. I'm going to take you to church and make you confess."

They go to church and the father alerts the priest and makes the little boy sit in the confession booth and closes the door.

The boy says, "Dark in here."

The priest says, "Don't start that sh*t again.


JB Comments:- I am surprised the priest didn't get the 9 year old to bend over and ' Keep it our little secret between you, me and God.'' - as it does seem that's what priests usually do.... !!!


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