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Gong electric is one of many potential changes for the better is a post-Covid-19 world

Anybody owning an electric car三级成人视频 right now with a home charger installed on the driveway must be rubbing their unsanitised hands together with glee. We may not be clocking up as many miles during these troubled times but unlike petrol and diesel vehicles, owning a battery-powered car negates the need to handle a grubby fuel pump, surely a contagious hotspot for motorists.

It’s all about staying safe and the car is the perfect place – electric vehicles just more so. For those of us working from home, even a plug-in hybrid with a typical battery-only range of 30 miles is all we need for a round trip to the supermarket.

三级成人视频Buying or selling a car is probably bottom of most peoples’ priority list at the moment but when all this is over, motorists may start to re-evaluate the kind of vehicle they need in their life after experiencing months of lockdown.

三级成人视频Lots of us have become accustomed to the home office, trying to keep the cat quiet during a video conference call, always ensuring the mic is off when you swear and remembering to shave, at least once a week.

三级成人视频Now it’s about maximising the time normally wasted in a commute – and sneaking in half an hour on the deckchair, too. Do you really need to fight for a space in the office car park, or worry about tax benefits tied to your choice of company car?

Former office workers now dream of sneaking half an hour or so in a deckchair into their daily routine Credit: James Fraser

三级成人视频Coronavirus could change our motoring habits for good. The pandemic has proved to some that they probably don’t need to use a car as much as they once thought they did. Plus, of course, it’s great for the environment, a fact that won’t be lost on many urbanites who now realise they prefer a cleaner, healthier place to live and work.

三级成人视频The opposing view is that post-lockdown we will use our cars more than ever, to avoid the risks of crammed public transport. Cars have already been returning to the streets of post-virus China in greater numbers than a year ago.

Larger numbers most days, apart from the annual Qingming festival earlier this month, when the Chinese traditionally use their vehicles to go on holiday. What that suggests is that once the country returns to a full state of normal, leisure travel by car may not be so prevalent.

According to ABC News in California, Mayor Libby Shaaf of Oakland has ordered 74 miles of city centre streets to be sealed off to traffic, so locals can ride, jog and walk in greater safety. If Americans can be persuaded they don’t need their cars, even for a short time at least, anything is possible.

If Californians can be persuaded out of their cars to cycle or walk locally, there's hope for us all Credit: Jeff Chiu/AP

Elsewhere, the progressive New Zealand government has agreed to finance most of the cost of pop-up footpaths and cycle lanes. Many locals are hoping the routes stay in place once lockdown is over.

I wonder how many letters have been drafted by homebound office staff here during the last six weeks, tentatively asking their boss if they might be allowed to continue working from home for good? 

三级成人视频Think of the millions of car journeys that could be saved, the impact on pollution, the improvement to our health.

Many of us have managed just fine from home, probably more productive than ever, not missing the commute – or face-to-face halitosis in the office lift with Mr Slater from accounts.

Many office-based workers will be questioning why they can't continue to work from home. This is Wera Hobhouse, the MP for Bath, working in her kitchen

It may be that a few car manufacturers go to the wall due to the current slump in demand. Aston Martin this week announced a raft of cost-saving measures, including voluntary pay reductions for senior staff.

Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) has furloughed more than half its workforce, with pay cuts for executives and a report of sales for the first quarter of 2020 down by 30 per cent. Meanwhile, Volkswagen三级成人视频 has re-started production albeit in very low capacity, biased in some plants towards its new breed of electric cars.

The time may be fast approaching when we might question if the monthly PCP payment for that £40,000 SUV now slumbering on the driveway is really worth it after all…

Here's what our readers had to say

@Mark Ryan

"I hate driving, it looks as the pandemic has removed all obstacles for me to ever having to physically be at work ever again. We just needed a kick to convince the Luddite micro managing senior leadership to see the light."

@Martin Mitchel

"People are changing their driving habits already. Most cars speed going through my little village now where as it was only a small percentage before."

@Willian Loneskie

"After the pandemic the demand for cars will soar as people realise public transport is a likely way to make you ill."

@Larry Rhoads

"It is no accident that the area in the US with about one-third of all coronavirus is the area that commutes by train, ferry, bus, and subway into New York City. California has a population of about 38 million, larger than the three states with the high death toll combined, yet has less than 2,000 dead.

"It has always been fun to laugh at the California driving model, but it isn't they who are dying."

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