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Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

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Re: A bit out of date?

> I see the Petrolheads are out in force today.

Okay, what about physics pedants? :-)

> The tyres on most EV's last longer than on ICE's and because of the regenerative braking (using the electric motor as a generator) I need to hardly use the brakes

The bit the slows a car and wears the tyres is the friction between the tyre and the road. Ignoring exceptional circumstances such as skidding, when the wheels rotate more slowly then the car slows down. It's irrelevant whether that reduction in wheel rotational speed was caused by regenerative braking, conventional engine-braking or by a disk brake.

If anything, the tyres on an EV will last less long than on an ICE vehicle because of (a) additional vehicle weight and (b) more powerful acceleration, tempting the driver's right foot.

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