The UK and French governments have pledged to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040. Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, has warned that Britain “can’t carry on” with petrol and diesel cars because of the damage that they are doing to people’s health and the planet. “There is no alternative to embracing new technology,” he said.
This announcement took most people by surprise and shocked motoring experts. The AA warned that the National Grid could struggle to cope with demand for electricity during rush hour. Critics of this policy claim that the National Grid will need an extra 10 nuclear power stations and 10,000 wind turbines expected to cost an extra £200 billion.
Which car magazine claimed that electric cars are more expensive and less practical. That might be the case in 2017, but 23 years from now costs will undoubtedly reduce dramatically. Once electric car production is adopted seriously by the main car producers, and prices compare favourably with petrol and diesel cars, there will a dramatic shift in ownership it is predicted.
Volvo have stated they will stop producing petrol and diesel cars by 2019 and Tesla officially launching their mainstream Model 3 which will have a range of 215 miles and cost less than £30,000.
The other major concern expressed by critics is how will the government balance the loss of revenue from fuel duty currently around £30 billion annually. Who will have to foot the bill for this loss in revenue. Possibly, non motorists or a raise in road tax, which is currently free for all electric vehicles. We saw previous governments subsidise diesel cars by reducing the fuel duty on diesel only to raise it once diesel cars became a popular choice on UK roads.
Only time will tell but we can all be certain that there will be more electric cars across the world in the very near future.