Letters: Conservatives shouldn’t be forcing drivers to switch to electric cars – Telegraph.co.uk

SIR – My Nissan Leaf – three years old when I bought it in 2015 – is being let down by a tired battery, the range of which has dropped from 70 to 40 miles in the time I have owned it.

When, a year ago, the Portsmouth dealer quoted £7,500 for a new battery, I declined. This proved unwise: this month, the dealer in Gateshead told me that Nissan UK no longer exchanges batteries, and the price of a new one would be £19,000. Meanwhile, the dealer in Swindon quoted £22,500.

With this pricing, I wonder how many good Nissan Leafs with tired batteries are going to be scrapped prematurely.

Norman Pasley


SIR – I have owned a BMW i3 for two years and could never go back. It’s a smooth ride, extremely quiet and great in stop-start traffic. Its acceleration is thrilling, and very useful when overtaking cyclists. It doesn’t frighten many horses, either.

As things stand, a home charger is helpful, but the charging network is improving all the time. The car is cheap to run, with free charging when I shop at our local retail park and go to the gym. Plus I feel so virtuous: it is made almost entirely from recyclable items. Fabulous.

Barbara Marshall
Helmdon, Northamptonshire


SIR – Once we are all driving electric cars, how will boy racers cope without the roar of their car exhausts?

Phillip Wade
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire


Lockdown longueurs

SIR – I am a recent retiree, and, having read the latest list of permitted reasons for leaving the house, find that I have only two: essential shopping and exercise. Both must be done as quickly as possible.

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My phone has become an ankle tag, and a strict solitary-confinement regime results if I come into contact with anyone I’m not supposed to. Visitor rights are almost non-existent, travel anywhere is forbidden and good behaviour makes no difference to the length of my sentence, which is indeterminate.

I have not been given the opportunity to complete a virus-awareness course or pay a fine in order to avoid a custodial term (although I suspect a fine will be coming in the form of large tax rises).

The vast majority of those infected with Covid-19 do not become seriously ill, and the average mortality age attributed to the virus is 82.4 years old. How much do these things need to change before the Government decides that we can permanently regain our freedom?

James Martin
Farnham, Surrey


SIR – The Government cannot please all the people all the time. Whatever decision it makes, it will be badly received in some quarters.

If the Government really is going to follow the scientific advice, then non-bubble groups should not be allowed to mingle for 15 minutes, let alone several days.

The reported reductions in cases and the R number are small, and should hardly be regarded as stable. Why, then, is the Government even dangling this idea in front of the population?

I write as a grandparent who hasn’t seen his family since late February. We keep in touch by phone, Zoom and even letters. It’s not perfect but at least it isn’t hazardous for us – or them.

Bill Halkett
Ormskirk, Lancashire


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SIR – I am selling a property and have been sent papers to sign in front of an independent witness.

Given that we are not allowed to see anyone from outside our household, how exactly should I do this? Employ a plumber?

Colin Halliday
Leeds, West Yorkshire



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