But I am a bit of a petrol head. I like fast things, mostly bikes. People ask how I can be both a petrol head and an environmentalist – fair question. Well nobody’s perfect, I’m certainly not. We all live in the real world, the one in which we make compromises and promises to do better, and occasionally do do the things we know in principle, it would be better if we didn’t. Life and the need to live a better (zero carbon) one is a journey, there’s no overnight solution and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up over things we can’t change right now. That said, by the way, I only did 3,000 miles in a car last year, I’m getting to grips with it.
Transport is one of the really big issues we have to face up to – how are we all going to get around, post oil and post carbon?
I think the answer is electric cars, cars charged using wind energy – in fact I prefer to think of them as wind powered cars.
We’re building one right now – a car to smash the stereotype of looking like something Noddy would drive. An out and out sports car. Capable of 0 to 60 faster than a V12 Ferrari, able to top 100 mph for sure – and do 150 miles on one ‘tank’. All with zero emissions. Cake and eat it. Petrol head meets zerocarbonista.
We’re making this car with technology available in the world today. Throwing down the gauntlet to the big car companies. If we can do it – why (the hell) can’t you?
Work is underway, I expect this car on the road for the summer.
We’re keeping a film record as we go, hoping we might make this into a film for TV, if not definitely for our web site.
Watch this space! And Clarkson beware, or maybe not. I’ve a feeling he might like it…