Bob Dylan famously sang way back in the hazy hippie days of the nineteen sixties that “The Times They Are A Changing”. And to be quite honest I never thought that I would see the day when the government would confirm plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in the UK by 2040. When you take a step back and think about that is only 23 short years away. The truth is that there are millions of cars rolling around the roads of the UK that are petrol and diesel driven, although without doubt the volume of electric vehicles is certainly increasing without doubt.
Indeed we are at uTrack heavily committed to supporting electric cars and have indeed access to an electric BMW and a Tesla. Both are powered by electricity. We have charging ports at our two offices as well as a good network both locally and nationally that we use to attend meetings the length and breadth of the country. Yes there is no doubt that the electrification of the car is well and truly on course with all the major car manufacturers going hell for leather to mass produce bigger and better cars with greater range and speed than ever before.
The Tesla can easily manage 280 miles and with super fast charges it is so easy simple and in comparison cheap. The other massive advantage is that electric technology does not kill people by poisoning, and that is hugely important. I am not sure that we will ever know just how many lives have been damaged or indeed ruined as a result of air pollution. The Government have been clear in their desire to tackle this issue head on and they are to be applauded for going public with this timeline. Under the plan local councils could bring in charging zones for the dirtiest vehicles.
In addition the Government has identified 81 roads in 17 major towns and cities where urgent action is required as it is in breach of EU controls on emission standards which is directly putting people’s health at risk. The new strategy uses local authorities to reduce emissions at first by fitting the most polluting diesel vehicles with filters, changing road layouts and removing speed humps. The decision has upset motoring lobby groups who wanted a scrappage scheme to be introduced where compensation would be offered for trading in their polluting vehicles.
Interestingly some countries have set more stringent targets Germany, India, the Netherlands and Norway are contemplating bans by 2030, Greenpeace have lodged their concern saying that the process of change is taking far too long with a further nearly 25 years of cars poisoning children and others. Still at least it is a start at a time when car manufacturing has been highlighted as a real concern for the UK car manufacturing industry going forward post Brexit where there was concern that foreign based UK manufacturers may leave the UK and open factories elsewhere.