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Posted by Joseph Clement on 18 August, 2017

The British government recently announced that the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from the year 2040. This means we are likely to see a lot more electric vehicles on our roads – Is this really what we want?

On one hand you have those who welcome the ban and the environmental benefits that it brings and on the other hand, you have people who are scared that the ban marks the end of the purist driving experience. There would be a massive decrease in the need for say V8 or V12 engines to be produced which are some of the best sounding engines on the planet. This prospect is very worrying for petrolheads and car enthusiasts around the UK.

Even some car manufacturers are resistant to the changes that are being proposed. They are now in a position where they have to consider producing electric vehicles. To be fair, they could refuse to do so but this could be very damaging for their business. I guess the question is do you stay set in your ways or move with the times?

 

Black Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S

As mentioned earlier, there are benefits to having more electric vehicles on the road. For example, electric cars are not heavy air polluters. They do produce some CO2 but nowhere near as much as a regular petrol or diesel car. Also, they are a lot quieter than your average car, however, I’m not sure if that is a good thing? I’m a fan of a powerful, loud engine although I know that a lot of people prefer quiet.

It will be 23 years until the ban comes into play – Is that too quick? Some say it’s not quick enough. Some say that the longer we leave it to make a change the higher the risk of exposing ourselves and future generations to the effects of harmful air pollution.

Another concern is the sudden power demand that will be put on the National Grid. If there is a big increase in the number of electric vehicles driving around we’ll need to produce a lot more electricity to support it. There are plans to build more power plants and source more solar and wind power but will this be enough to support the sudden influx of electric vehicles?

Conclusion

In many ways, the ban is a step into the unknown. But it is being implemented to help preserve the environment. Everyone has their own opinion about electric cars, pollution, and cars in general. And although some of us have our reasons for wanting to see petrol and diesel cars stay around it may not be the best choice for us or our planet. I think the reason why people are so split on this topic is that we just don’t know what the future holds. However, I don’t think opposing opinions are a bad thing as they start discussions and force us to take everything into account. Humans have achieved a lot on earth, overcome many hurdles, adapted to change and made hard decisions. This scenario is no different.