If the car of your dreams is a car that can’t travel 50 miles on sheer battery power, then you most likely won’t see them in the United Kingdom, as UK at 2040 might see non-electric cars exit sales in a new bid under consideration. This is after a new proposal seeks to push for improvements in Britain’s air quality.
According to UK officials, the proposal is just one of many in what seems to be an internal review within the government that seeks to make adjustments to make the UK transport system more environmentally-friendly. Part of the push is to encourage Brits to use electric vehicles instead – of course, much to the chagrin of the car industry.
“Unrealistic, Based On Neither Substance Nor Fact”
The plan to push for a United Kingdom with more electric vehicles certainly earned the ire of much of the automobile industry based on the region. This is because if the law does become enacted, this means almost – if not all – cars from all major companies will virtually be outlawed from being sold. These include highly-acclaimed hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, even with its battery drive and petrol engine train.
Unfortunately, even “plug-ins” or hybrids that both have an engine and a chargeable battery only have a range of about 30 miles, which means they’re also part of the crossfire.
It can be remembered that this push is likely related to the announcement last 2017 that sales of cars with only diesel or petrol engines will be banned in the United Kingdom from 2040 onwards as well. Unfortunately this push from the Department for the Environment may have caused a huge row of confusion among both the public and the car industry, to the point that even civil servants have yet to make a remark about the issue.
Some say the government’s unclear stance on the matter is what may have influenced the drop of vehicle sales in the United Kingdom.
Road To Zero? The Score So Far
When news of some ministers even considering the push for “Road to Zero” has caused an uproar in the industries involved. For instance, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said this was “misleading messaging” courtesy of the Government, including with policy “communicated” by leaks.
The Society, which speaks for the UK’s automotive industry, warned that some ministers may not fully comprehend why some of the public are reluctant about the policies, its consequences, and what really happens when the switch is made towards electric vehicles. Trade body chief Mike Hawes shared that while the automotive industry understands and shares the desire of the government to push towards zero-emission, the industry can’t dictate consumer demand levels and the pace of change for technology and improvements.
He added that “misleading” messages on the ban and “unrealistic” goals might be undermining the efforts to fully push towards the zero-emission target. If left unmanaged, this may cause confusion for consumers as well.
Hawes said if the government seeks to push for these reforms, there would have to be incentives for everyone involved. This means fully providing electric vehicles a huge number of charging points throughout the country. Current numbers of charging points are at 16,000, which means it can more or less only support 200,000 electric vehicles – a measly number out of the 37-million total vehicles in the country.
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