The government has recently announced a number of proposals to support the green economy, including a greater use of wind power, nuclear power options and the somewhat controversial issue of banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030. Issues arising from this proposal include the lack of infrastructure necessary to charge the vehicles, both in residential areas and on roads and motorways, and the costs involved of buying electric vehicles, typically £10,000 more then their petrol counterparts.
The government points to the research showing that children growing up near main roads have a greater incidence of health issues, and the thousands of people whose deaths can be attributed to poor air quality. The technology for electric vehicles has been around for some time, but the costs have proven prohibitive for many people, especially those who don’t live in cities and have to travel longer distances for work and activities.
At Esprit, we’re fans of anything that supports sustainability and the environment, which is why we repair rather than replace. However, that spirit of sustainability has to be measured against ensuring that consumers aren’t economically disadvantaged, and are able to make choices based on their own financial circumstances.
Let’s hope that having a specific date in mind will spur councils on to provide the relevant infrastructure and also encourage a spirit of competition amongst manufacturers to bring prices down, and give customers a great choice of vehicles. Even Ferrari is working on an electric model, although they have said that they don’t believe they will have a fully electric car until at least 2025. Better start saving up!