Recently the UK Government announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, in a bid to improve our air quality and help us to “meet our climate change targets”. As controversial as it may be, the fact of the matter is that we need to adapt and change our habits.
Many campaigners are unhappy with the almost two-and-a-half decade timescale put on this, with cities such as London experiencing dangerously high pollution levels, but the fact of the matter is that we’ve only just been convinced by diesel engines with over 3 times as many on our roads compared to 2000. It may not even come as a surprise that electric vehicles account for only 4% of new car sales.
It is claimed that £255 million will be made available to local authorities in order to help them tackle air pollution on a more local level. This will include amended road layouts and even the removal of speed bumps. Councils will be allowed to set heavy restrictions on many diesels in as little as two-and-a-half years.
Unfortunately the harsh truth is that, after having done a few laps in your thirsty fossil fuel machine, it will soon be time to start looking at an electric or hybrid car. Already oﬀering a 2.0-litre ‘T8 Twin Engine’ petrol hybrid in its 90 series and a 2.4-litre ‘D4’ or ‘D5 Twin Engine’ diesel hybrid in the V60, Swedish automaker Volvo has announced that all new cars will be oﬀered with either hybrid or fully electric powertrains by 2019, and other 5 new EVs between 2019 and 2021.
BMW’s freshest news is its new car architecture which will allow the “electriﬁcation of every model series”, starting with the MINI 3-door hatchback.
So the next step? Well the ball is in the government’s court, with a whole bunch of solar panels, wind farms and nuclear reactors needed before we can even consider electric vehicles parked on every driveway in the street. For us, it’s just a waiting game.