A climate change campaigner and green energy guru has shared his vision for the eco-friendly future of Britain’s roads.
Discussing the topic in his new book Manifesto, Dale said: “We need to electrify all forms of transport – not just cars but trucks, buses, trains, even ships and planes. And it’s all possible.
“Even wind powered ships are making a comeback. Not just with modern versions of sails, but blades of the type we see on modern windmills – both are being used to augment propulsion. It’s a great piece of ‘back to the future’, which can help clean up shipping so that our oceans as well as our cities are cleaner and greener.'”
Dale – who founded the world’s first green energy company, Ecotricity, in 1996 – continued: “As a kid I wondered how much petrol all the cars on the road held between them – where it all came from and when it would run out, because surely it had to run out – everything does right? But nobody was talking about this.
“That was in the 1970s, before I knew of renewable energy – an energy source that actually won’t run out.
“In the 2000s I was a petrol head and a treehugger, looking for a greener car – and built the Nemesis – Britain’s first electric supercar and still the land speed record holder.
“Electric cars, powered by renewable energy, no exhaust fumes and an endless supply of fuel. Seems perfect to me. And all countries of the word have equal access to that – it’s not concentrated in certain geographies.
“The next thing we did was to build a national network of electricity pumps – the Electric Highway – to enable these new types of car to drive the length and breadth of Britain – and kickstart the electric car revolution.
“That was ten years ago, ten years from now you won’t be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car – the revolution will be complete.”