Stage coach was faster than electric car between London and Edinburgh
Image by roberthuffstutter via FlickrChristopher Booker:
In its obsessive desire to promote the virtues of electric cars, the BBC proudly showed us last week how its reporter Brian Milligan was able to drive an electric Mini from London to Edinburgh in a mere four days – with nine stops of up to 10 hours to recharge the batteries (with electricity from fossil fuels).That does not give much time for a restroom break. Both trips sound like something to be endured and not enjoyed. I would rather be in a car that does not need more than a five or 10 minute fuel break, which is plenty of time to visit the head wash up and buy a sandwich to eat on the way.
What the BBC omitted to tell us was that in the 1830s, a stagecoach was able to make the same journey in half the time, with two days and nights of continuous driving. This did require 50 stops to change horses, but each of these took only two minutes, giving a total stopping time of just over an hour and a half.