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Winchester Skeptics: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren’t They ?

Electric cars? They’re rubbish aren’t they?! Nothing but glorified golf carts that take forever to charge and then run out of power on the way to the shops. Try finding somewhere to charge them. They cost a fortune to buy and another fortune to replace the battery when its range drops to half. You don’t want to believe all that nonsense about them being environmentally-friendly. They are actually worse than petrol-powered cars because the batteries are made from dirty lithium and use electricity made from dirtier coal. There isn’t even enough lithium in the world to make all the new batteries we’d need anyway. Electric cars are just rubbish. Aren’t they? – Robert says no. This evening he’ll tell us why he thinks we need to put away our prejudices and think seriously about electric vehicles as the future of transport.

Robert Llewellyn is an actor, writer, comedian, TV presenter and self-described wishy-washy liberal best known for playing the android Kryten in the long-running BBC sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. He presented Scrapheap Challenge for 10 years and these days he can be seen on TV presenting the shows Car-Pool on Dave and How Do They Do It? on Channel 5. He is probably the UK’s most prominent advocate of electric vehicles (EV) and presents a YouTube-based show called Fully Charged which documents current developments in the electric vehicle industry. He also writes a column for the EV website The Charging Point. He has been notably critical of BBC Top Gear’s position on electric vehicles – a case in point being the Top Gear review of the Tesla Roadster in 2008. Tesla Motors response to Top Gear’s review is here. This February he debated the motion “This House Believes Electric Cars are the Future of Transport” at the Oxford Union. The motion was carried.
You can catch up with Robert on Twitter : @bobbyllew

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  • ken s.

    Really enjoyed this. Full of great content and revelations, and of course a cracking delivery by Robert.

    November 30, 2013

  • Graham A.

    Packed out! Very interesting with lots of info, delivered with humour. Need efficient p.v. array strapped to roof to extend range.

    November 29, 2013

  • Steven P.

    Excellent evening with a great speaker. You could tell the guy's an actor :-) Lots of interesting stuff - a pity it had to end.

    1 · November 28, 2013

    • Steven P.

      {I got about 38 mpg driving home in my diesel beast.)

      November 28, 2013

  • Gill H.

    Very interesting talk. Robert had lots of facts, figures and anecdotes and a really interesting expressive style. The place was packed out :-)

    November 28, 2013

  • Robert S.

    If you are coming from Basingstoke then why not come in our electric car (see ours at and then you will fully appreciate the talk having experienced just what Robert will be discussing.

    First come first served.
    Let us know at[masked]

    November 27, 2013

  • Marina de J.

    Will be there as usual - and this one's going to be cracking.

    November 18, 2013

    • Steven P.

      Don't tell too many people :-)

      November 18, 2013

  • Colin

    Hope very much to be there!

    October 4, 2013

  • Graham A.

    Hopefully. ..

    September 5, 2013

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