Editor, the Times:
I was pleased to hear that Victoria had pledged $6.5 million for rebates to purchasers of electric cars. However, they intimated that this fund would also be used to upgrade existing hydro stations.
First of all, there is comparatively very little upgrading to be done for charging up electric cars, as they will be able to be charged up at private homes as well as gas stations, or just about anywhere there is existing electric power available. Rebates to purchasers would be a good idea to promote more manufacture and sales of the electric car.
However, it's quite a different story with hydrogen, since any charging station would have to be specially built to store and dispense hydrogen.
What are our politicians in Victoria thinking here? Are they still trying to carry out former Premier Gordon Campbell's and Gov. Schwarzenegger's wishes about building hydrogen stations all the way from B.C. to California? Get real, Victoria. Stop wasting taxpayers' money and impacting their safety.