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  • Emma Hallett

Is the future electric?

Now that the government have announced the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, does that mean the end of driving as we know it? It is widely assumed that electric vehicles (EVs) are the future, although some manufacturers are looking at hydrogen powered vehicles, these are not likely to be mainstream by 2030. In an EV, unlike with an internal combustion engine, there is no need for a gearbox or clutch, so driving an electric car will be like driving an automatic car in the sense that you have only two pedals, but there’s quicker acceleration and a lot less noise. In fact, they are so quiet that manufacturers have artificially added noise, so pedestrians are aware that a vehicle is approaching.

Many people may be concerned about the costs involved with EVs, they currently cost more to buy, but there are savings to be made over the life of the vehicle. The initial cost will reduce as demand increases. There are grants available and the government intend to invest in the infrastructure needed to power them. For those of us who can’t park a car on a driveway every night, the number of public chargepoints is constantly increasing and the government intend to make on street charging a reality. There are apps and websites (some cars even have it built in) to tell you where the next chargepoint is. For those concerned about how long a charge will last, this is also increasing year on year. As we get towards the end of this decade, it will be harder to buy a petrol or diesel car or van and the ones available will be more expensive.

If you don’t want to give up on gears, you will still be able to buy second hand petrol and diesel cars and vans after 2030 and if you just want to dip your toe in the market, some new hybrid cars and vans will be sold until 2035.

For more information, check out which has information about EVs and the grants/incentives currently available.


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