As much as I love him Kryten is Science Fiction. Solar powered electrical sources are real, will be viable within the next 4 years and will be effectively free within ten years without the need for any petroleum. In five years time oil will cost so much more than solar that oil burners will be seen as environmental insensitive retro throwbacks. Betcha!
You ignore the fact that electric cars run on coal. No power stations ,no go. Good luck charging your Tesla from a solar panel.
I don't understand the argument. Based on that we should turn off our computers, shut down our switch boxes and read by candle light. Whether Tesla uses electricity from coal or not, its hardly Teslas fault and says more about this government and its short sighted views on electricity production in the short term and long. You certainly couldn't use this argument in some of the Scandinavian countries and sounds like a repeated line you've read sourced from those opposed to this company. A combination of solar power from your homes and grid based renewables would be a perfect world and something Tesla is trying to push.
Hopefully, this country will finally start shutting down its coal plants and move to renewables like many countries are doing, then vested interests will have to start thinking of other frivolous reason to oppose Tesla. I hear the new Tesla 3 gives puppies full blown aids.