Tourists left stranded after electric coach fails to find charging point

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The Carbon Battle Bus came to a standstill after it couldn’t charge at five stations across Cornwall on Sunday. Disgruntled passengers were unable to complete the tour of the UK the bus had embarked on days prior.

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Planet Mark, the organisers of the Zero Carbon Tour, successfully travelled from London to the Eden Project, a distance of 263 miles with one recharge, in the electrically-powered Yutong coach.

But, as Cornwall Live reports, it needed a recharge in order to continue through the southwest of England.

Ironically, the fiasco happened in the same county in which world leaders at the G7 Summit have been discussing climate change and the need to reach targets for zero carbon.

Reacting to the debacle online, few people had sympathy for Planet Mark.

“Should’ve built it hybrid,” wrote one social media user.

It reaffirms that the UK is years away from a decent infrastructure, probably 20+ years I reckon,” posted another user.

Wonderful! You couldn’t make it up,” stated a third.

But Planet Mark has argued there is a need for more investment to be made in infrastructure to help meet zero-carbon targets.

Steve Malkin, founder and CEO of the firm, said: “The Carbon Battle Bus has the range and capability to easily make this journey, but the poor state of the UK charging infrastructure means that we only found one charger serviceable on our route from London to Cornwall. When Boris Johnson addressed the G7, he called on leaders of the advanced economies to ‘make bigger commitments on… low carbon vehicles…’. To do this he must help bring together central and local government with businesses to connect policy, investment and roll out of zero carbon technologies, like EV charging, and nature-based solutions.

“We are on the road to show that zero carbon is immediately possible for every community and organisation in the UK and beyond. We have identified an immediate issue in that only one in 10 charging points charges our coach, and met many EV owners at each stop with the same frustrations. Working together we will find the solutions and continue our journey solving other issues and showing what great work is taking place.”

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