Electric cars are one of the biggest threats to solving congestion, pollution and obesity caused by reliance on private vehicles, according to the cycling champion Chris Boardman. He said that although switching to an electric car made people feel they were reducing their environmental impact problems remained. Boardman, a gold medallist at the 1992 Olympics, and now the walking and cycling commissioner for Greater Manchester, was speaking at a Times+ event last week focusing on this newspaper’s Clean Air for All campaign. Asked if he believed that a rapid switch to electric cars was the answer to poor air quality in cities, he said: “They are one of our biggest threats because it makes people feel like they have changed without actually having to make any changes. About 75 per cent of the pollution is still there.” Boardman, who is seeking to create a 1,000-mile cycling and walking network around Manchester, said that electric cars did not reduce congestion or address low levels of exercise.
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