Petrol and Diesel cars sales banned by 2040

Michael GoveThe UK Government have announced extreme measures to cut down on air pollution, banning the sale petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The current Conservative governments Environment Secretary Michael Gove revealed the plans yesterday, and followed up by saying they could give local councils the power to impose tough restrictions on highly polluting areas as early as 2020.

electric-chargineThe plans however fall short of offering a full diesel scrappage scheme, something which motoring campaigners were calling for. The plans have also been criticized by the AA, which claims that such a plan could cause chaos in the National Grid, and require up to ten more power stations to provide the electrical output required for such a large switch on of electric vehicles.

Tesla Model SMany car companies have begun an electrification process in their cars, Volvo recently announced that all new Volvos would be electrified in someway by 2025. Mini announced yesterday that they were beginning production in 2019 of a fully electric 3-door version of the Mini at their plant in Oxford, BMW also expects electrified models to be between 15% and 25% of their sales by 2025 after announcing electrification would be available on all of its models.

Elon MuskWhich? Car magazine also warned the government that electric cars were currently more expensive and less practical than conventional cars. Around 4% of cars sold today are electric. Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders CEO Mike Hawes told Autocar: “Currently demand for alternatively-fuelled vehicles is growing but still at a very low level as consumers have concern over affordability, range and charging points”.

Rimac Concept oneIt should be said that the Government has also said that restrictions would be lessened after the air pollution levels have reduced to acceptable levels “Local authorities should bear in mind such access restrictions would only be necessary for a limited period and should be lifted once legal compliance is achieved and there is no risk of legal limits being breached again”.

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What’s with all the Hybrids

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5 years ago hybrids were seen as being pathetic little eco boxes that only celebs and thick people drove (same thing aren’t they) but now even the top end companies are investing in saving the planet. Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche’s top cars are all hybrids, now I know I’ve already spoken quite a bit about all three of the cars but now I want to speak about other hybrids and electric cars.

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Many companies have very solid eco divisions of course we have the originator of eco, Toyota with their Prius and then we have Honda with their Insight and the even more extreme hydrogen powered Clarity. But then we have the more high end companies such as BMW with the I8 and then luxury gods Rolls Royce with there full electric Phantom.

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Now most of these cars are great minus the Prius and the Insight which both manage to look exactly like a steam iron. But when almost all car companies are bringing electric versions of their standard cars such as Ford with the Fiesta and Fiat with the 500, I can see the standalone hybrid dying out and sooner than you think. This I think is a good thing as the very idea of a hybrid is counter productive.

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The nickel for the batteries is mined this creates a lot of acid rain which damages the environment, then the nickel is shipped halfway across the world to be refined into a foam that is then shipped to factories to put in the batteries which then goes into the cars. The Land Rover Discovery whilst being a giant gas guzzling 4×4 is all created in the same country with all the parts coming from within 200 miles of one another and actually works out better for the environment rather than the stupid hybrids.

 

So there it is the idiocy of the hybrid and don’t get me started on the G-wizz