Over the past few weeks, I have been conducting a straw poll about the subject of hybrid and pure electric vehicles.
No statistician would work from the arbitrary sample I have but, that proviso aside, I have found most reactions to be positive. Half or more of the people I spoke to indicated that their next car would be either a hybrid or an electric, or they would like it to be, but had not yet made a final decision.
This seems encouraging, both in terms of overall resource usage and specifically for battery metals.
The choice of vehicle is also widening. US manufacturer Tesla has done a magnificent job as a trailblazer (notwithstanding its latest challenges) demonstrating that it is perfectly possible to produce a purely electric car which does not peak with the performance of a milk float.
But its first-mover advantage at the top end...