This month has been a big one for electric vehicles, with the government announcing its Road to Zero strategy and plans to introduce more charging points around the country. Dom Conolly, programme executive at Hotwire, looks at how this will impact the future of the auto industry.
This month, the Government launched the Road to Zero – its strategy to deliver cleaner transport to Britain’s roads. As part of this, it has promised to end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, by which time it is expected that the majority of new vehicles sold will be 100% zero emission and all new cars and vans will have significant zero emission capability.
The strategy comes in the same week that ministers announced new plans that would see new houses needing to be fitted with electric car charging points in an attempt to cut emissions. The plans also said that new streetlights should come with charge points wherever there’s on-street parking. Stats from Spark Horizon suggest that this may be a good idea, with 82% of electric vehicle users believing that there are not enough public charging stations available in cities.
Being environmentally friendly is the new cool. It’s not just in the auto sector that people are becoming more tuned into the future of the globe – shows like Blue Planet have led people to cutting down their plastic bag usage. Electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe have been a popular choice for those concerned with the planet for a number of years however sales are increasing. In the first five months of 2018, the Leaf was the highest selling electric vehicle in Europe, selling 14,566 units (a 56% increase year on year) whilst the Zoe sold 13,511 (a 6% increase year on year).
There’s no denying the joys that Ferraris, Porsches and even F1 bring petrol heads like myself (we saw how exciting the F1 can be last weekend at Silverstone) however whilst these can still be cherished, we’re damaging the earth a rate of knots and this damage cannot always be seen. It’s time to re-evaluate how we treat our home.