As part of their latest commitment towards greener transport and cleaner air, the Government have unveiled a plan to ban the production of diesel and petrol cars by 2040. The plan also outlined proposed changes to road layouts to make them more economical and continued consultation of the diesel scrappage scheme.
Whilst the details aren’t set out in full yet and the plan will be no doubt subject to numerous debates and changes, we take a look at the possible impacts of this drastic change – and the pros and cons of the electric alternative.
What Are The Possible Impacts Of This Change?
Amid the plans set out by the Government, many leading bodies in the industry have speculated on the impact the change could have:
Power Grid – The AA warned that in its current state, the National Grid would struggle to cope with the extra electricity usage of drivers charging their vehicles after the evening rush hour.
Charging Points – The number of recharge points available currently is limited – thousands more will need to be installed to sustain a nation of electric vehicles.
Pollution Taxes – Many fear that the Government will introduce taxes on diesel and petrol cars following the 2040 phase out – the Government have assured that this will not happen.
Innovation – On the plus side, this measure will encourage car manufacturers to invest in electronic technology, making electric vehicles more efficient and accessible.
Air Quality – As a result of the change, many large cities and towns will see an improvement in air quality.
Time – Despite the criticisms, some speculate that many people would have already made the switch over to an electric vehicle by 2040 regardless of the ban.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Vehicles
Electric vehicles have been under scrutiny ever since they made their way onto the market, but there have been significant improvements in their technologies, making them a valid alternative to a petrol or diesel vehicle. Here are the main pros and cons of electric vehicles:
Advantages of Electric Vehicles:
Running costs for electric vehicles are significantly lower than petrol and diesel.
Electric vehicles require less general maintenance.
There are various schemes and grants available to save money when buying an electric vehicle.
Free charging is often available at service stations and car parks, you can also have a charging point installed in your home or workplace at a low-cost thanks to a government grant.
Electric vehicles are exempt from road tax and the London congestion charge.
Driving an electric vehicle significantly reduces your carbon footprint.
Disadvantages Of Electric Vehicles:
An affordable electric car will have a range of around 100 miles – this may not suit those on regular long commutes.
Electric vehicles take a long time to charge, the best-selling electric car in the UK (Nissan Leaf) takes over 12 hours to charge fully.
Whilst maintenance isn’t required as often, it’s usually much more expensive.
Batteries also have a life expectancy, this is an expensive replacement.
DIY motor repair work is not recommended on electric vehicles without specialist training and equipment.
What Does This Mean For Car Repair Centres?
This change is unlikely to affect garages like ourselves for a long time, there will still be millions of petrol and diesel cars on the road – as there are no immediate plans to scrap petrol and diesel cars in use currently.
With this in mind, it could be closer to the year 2100 before this starts to affect the way that car repair centres operate; by which point, most will be adequately prepared to service electric vehicles. At Autocare, we have already invested in training and specialist equipment to carry out servicing, maintenance, repairs and MOTs for electric vehicles.
Servicing, MOT and Repair at Autocare Centre
Whether you decide to make the switch to an electric vehicle or not, we can help keep your vehicle in its best condition. We provide quality MOT, servicing and repair work for all types and classes of vehicle in Chepstow and the surrounding areas – give us a call on 01291 627137 and find out what we can do for you.