The Sceptic Tank is aware of many reasons why businesses are likely to prove early adopters of electric vehicles; improved green credentials, reduced fuel costs and the peace of mind that comes with knowing predictable business journeys make it easier to ensure the battery is charged being just a few of the obvious advantages.
But it appears that security firm G4S Cash Solutions may have hit on the best use yet for an electric vehicle, as a green alternative to its secure cash delivery vans.
Not only does the company get to benefit from zero noise and air pollution and substantial savings in fuel costs, it has also inadvertently enhanced the resilience of its no doubt state-of-the-art security systems.
In the unlikely event that gangsters avoid any geriatric have-a-go heroes, successfully hijack the van and disable the tracking device, police will know for certain that thanks to the UK's less-than-brilliant recharging network they can safely limit their search to the 100-mile radius the van can travel when fully charged.
Robbers attempting to recharge the vehicle to aid their escape can presumably expect a lengthy wait as the lithium-ion battery charges.
It's green, it's cost effective, but the Sceptic Tank is pretty certain it will make a less than brilliant getaway vehicle.
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