The electric car crash, Churchill's paintings and a fruity naval mission – The Times


Ministers are concerned that the habit of plugging in a car when drivers get home from work could lead to blackouts

Ministers are concerned that the habit of plugging in a car when drivers get home from work could lead to blackouts

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You report that owners of electric cars will be unable to charge them during times of peak demand for electricity (News, last week). Instead, millions of electric cars will have to be charged at “off peak” times. With the increase in demand, how long will it take for “off peak” to become “peak”? And … then what?
Paul Head, Kingswinford, West Midlands

Incumbent copper
I was interested to read that Priti Patel had extended Cressida Dick’s contract as commissioner of the Met only because no other credible candidate was available (News, last week). Does Boris Johnson have the same difficulty with the post of home secretary?
David Middlemiss, Beverley

It shouldn’t happen to a pet
Esther Rantzen’s points are spot-on about the popularity of dogs



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