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Opinion : Will the UK really turn to electric cars in 2030?

| November 20, 2020

Have you heard about the Government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030?

According to a recent atricle on a national news site new cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030 however some hybrids would still be allowed.

That seems a very bold plan to me, indeed stopping the sale of fossil fuel powered vehicles seems something easier said than done and a plan that perhaps hasn’t been thought out as much as perhaps it should have been.

Banning the petrol and diesel cars and vans is easy, it only needs a change in the law to stop their sale but what about the infrastructure to support the new fangled electric vehicles?

Of course electric vehicles will need to be re-charged. Rather than nipping to a petrol filling station the vehicle owners will need to plug the electric cars into the mains. That’s all very well if one has a driveway with a dedicated charging point.

In many parts of High Wycombe motorists park beside the road, so where will they charge their vehicles?

Does it mean that a network of pay-as-you-go charging points will spring up every few yards beside the roads of the town impacting on the aesthetics of the streets?

If there are no charging points in the road my good self fears the only option is an extension lead from the motorists home to their vehicle. Yours truly can foresee that the pavements may end up being covered in a network of extension leads.

What about someone who lives in a flat and doesn’t have a charging point handy? Perhaps that will require an extension lead to be run down the communal staircase or even dangled out of a window?

On the plus side at least we would know easily which house each car belongs to as we only have to ‘follow the cable’, so it will make things much easier tracking down the owner of a vehicle if someone parks across your driveway….

My good self thinks that electric vehicles will only take off when the ‘charging problem’ is solved.

No doubt the tax breaks currently associated with electric vehicles will be cancelled once a significant proportion of the population turn to electric vehicles.

Of course the ban is only on new vehicles so the old ones will still be in use for years to come, indeed my good self can see the old petrol and diesel cars increasing in value as they may well become sought after as they are more flexible and don’t suffer from the ‘charging’ problem.

But who is going to buy a new fossil fuel powered vehicle now when it will be ‘old fashioned’ in just ten years time?

In my opinion the announcement of the green motoring revolution arriving in 2030 is all waffle designed to create headlines and my good self can’t really see it happening. Could the announcement be just another promise that fails to materialise when the time comes in 10 years time?

What do you think?

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