Is the end of fossil fuel powered vehicles in sight?
The government has made the surprise decision to bring forward the abolition of sales of fossil fuel-powered vehicles from 2040 to 2035.
This announcement included the sale of hybrid vehicles.
Despite various high-profile initiatives, electric vehicles still only make up 1.6% of the total number of vehicle sold in the UK in 2019.
With petrol and diesel cars making up 90% of the sales its an ambitious target.
Grant Shapps, the U.K.’s transport secretary, said the governments strategy is to
“make owning an electric vehicle as easy as possible…We want to go further than ever before. That’s why we are bringing forward our already ambitious target to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to tackle climate change and reduce emissions.”
Many in the motoring and fuel industry feel that this decision does not give them ample preparation time for such a monumental shift.
Among the concerns are:
- the lack of charging station infrastructure
- the capacity of the UK’s power grid
- vehicle range anxiety and battery resilience to adverse weather
- the reluctance of fuel station owners to convert forecourts
- vehicle purchase cost
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