Electric car drivers are happy driving through England but are avoiding parts of Wales.
This is due to their extension leads and the fact that they, well, won’t extend that far.
Firstly there were the pioneers of electric travel who ventured to the Wild West from the Home Counties, they were brave and didn’t know what would await them. These few made it to just beyond the Welsh border, with many of them getting stuck on the hard shoulder of the A48.
There are many charging points throughout England and Scotland, but rural Wales is lacking in them.
Certain people thought they could bring their extension leads with them and that would solve the problem. But this proved false and it caused a breakdown of electric travellers in the vicinity of the market town of Hay On Wye. This briefly put the town on the map and created jobs for the locals but unfortunately statistics suggest that only about 65 % of travellers made it back home to Greater London after the treacherous journey.
Boris Johnson has moved forward a ban on fossil fuel cars to 2035. Welsh electric drivers are worried with many choosing to drive from South to North Wales by going through England because it’s safer.
One driver thought he had come up with a solution. Ian, from Hertfordshire had the idea of using a longer extension lead so he went into Halfords and bought the longest one they sold. But that wasn’t it, he bought two so he could extend his extension lead with another extension lead. Simple but pure genius.
All seemed to be sorted until Ian realised a mistake he had made while he was in the middle of the Welsh valleys. He told us, “All was going swimmingly until I noticed I’d run out of extension lead. I didn’t take into account all the hills and valleys, it’s a longer distance than it looks on the map.”
Ian states he is not giving up yet and plans to try again. The same applies for many others with weekly cases of failed attempts and electric cars abandoned by the roadsides of multiple Welsh villages.