Re: John Robson
In my case, my 10 mile commute becomes an hours cycle (I've done it), down national speed limit roads, or through a forest, (with a predominantly sharp flint floor and very few paths), both routes have lots of hills up and down.
Public transport would be at least 2 trains, (1 into London, change lines one back out) half hour walk to the nearest station, through said forest, and then another half hour from the station nearest to work, which buses do not go from - to the town in which i work.
I am considering an e-bike when the weather improves, but at the moment it's either half an hour in the car, or a couple of hours by public transport.
I would be quite happy with an electric car, having recently acquired a private parking space next to my house. It would handle most of the driving i do with no issue, and have no real problem with stopping for half an hour when making longer journeys. They thing that is putting me off at the moment is the initial outlay.