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Brian Waddell (Letters 14 February) enthuses about his electric car which has “considerably cheaper running costs per mile” and wants more money invested in charging points.

The running costs are cheaper only because the capital cost of the charging point is paid for by the public and, in some regions, the electricity used is free.

The installation of a charging point is estimated at £30,000. Grants are available (from our taxes) at 25 per cent of the cost up to a maximum of £5,000. Why should the public pay?

Electric cars are 80 per cent more expensive than petrol/diesel and it is only those with surplus funds and those parading “green credentials” that buy them. The electric-vehicle motorist should be paying for the actual charging points and electricity used by a increased and realistic tariff.

CLARK CROSS

Springfield Road

Linlithgow