So, which camp are you in? The one who said that Electric Car Is it greener, more premium and a better value than its internal combustion-only competitors? Or do you take the more traditional view that the ICE still beats the EV in terms of price, versatility, and more?
I? I don’t sit either. Instead, I argue that it’s not a case of either-or. As with pure EV demand, there is a time and place for selling electricity (crossbred), 100% petrol cars (underwhelming, still the best-selling new car in the UK), and even the best diesels capable of going nearly 1,000 miles before their tanks need added. Also, don’t forget the staple is LPG. Or the new kid, breaking the way on the block, hydrogen.
Now that’s what I call consumer choice. But since the political ‘promise’ is Ban on the sale of new conventional gasoline and diesel cars from 2030 (plus new hybrids around 2035), electricity will be almost exclusively because it will be the sole fuel to power newly purchased cars. Appropriate competition will therefore be required. That’s where hydrogen – with its much-improved infrastructure and availability to motorists – can and should come into play.
But ICE technology still has a lot of life in it. The likes of Audi have just announced that some next-generation models will only have internal combustion engines. Green NCAP recently issued a favorable Clean Air Index rating for diesel engines such as Skoda Octavia, SEAT Leon and Volvo XC60ranks higher than some of the smaller, (supposedly) cleaner, cleaner hybrids.
And all of this happened at the same time as the publication Green NCAP Lifetime Emissions Ratingthis proved some EVs are only on par with some ICE cars in terms of their eco credentials, which isn’t good enough.
The UK’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, has advised the Government that buying an electric car is “absolutely impossible” for the vast majority of people in the UK. Warranty expert Duncan McClure Fisher warned that electric vehicle owners could face up to four times the price they thought they would pay in the workshops. The Institute of Motor Industry confirms the possibility of higher repair costs – and also admits that 93% of mechanics are unqualified to service such vehicles. And on a personal level, I currently find that my fuel costs per mile can be lower when using a low-cost ICE car filled with gas at the pump, than when driving a recharged EV. in public places.
On this evidence, if understandably cautious new car buyers are persuaded to refuse to switch from ICE to EV, they will need an offer (or two) they cannot refuse.
So for starters, give them a voucher or a debit card worth a few hundred quid a year to help them pay the cost of public charge points and agency service bills. franchised.
And because the rapidly rising retail prices for most things are making HM Treasury a bit palatable to VAT, the Chancellor can afford to reduce the VAT from 20% to 10% on fully electric vehicles. new. If he does, the tipping point will be quickly reached, and eventually, pure-EVs will overtake ICE in the new car sales tournament. Work completed.
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