LORD COPPER: Driving home the advantage for metals from electric vehicles

Imagine you’re back in 1895... outside your window, a few clanking, smoking, strange-looking carriages pass by, mixed with what you’ve seen all your life – carriages, carts and wagons pulled by horses.

They’ll never catch on, will they? After all, you have to put some highly inflammable liquid in them, which is then made to explode in that heavy metal bit in the middle of the contraption. Where are you going to get that from? Sure, there may be a “filling station” near here but what about when you move further away? How do you know there will be any of the stuff available? And, anyway, how long does it take to use the hand pump – or to let the man do it – to fill your vehicle? The whole thing is just a pie-in-the-sky dream. If you want to travel, you need a horse. Well, here we are in 1905. By now, those mechanical devices seem to be close to outnumbering their horse-drawn competitors, at least in fashionable areas. You’ve taken...

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Lord Copper

August 08, 2017

13:49 GMT

London