2040

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Editorial -

I don’t think we were ex­pect­ing the re­cent news from the Govern­ment con­cern­ing our fu­ture trav­el­ling ar­range­ments. If you’ve not heard, it was an­nounced that by 2040 mo­torists will no longer be able to buy new diesel- or petrol-pow­ered cars and vans – only elec­tric ve­hi­cles, hy­brids or plug-in hy­brids. We’ll still be able to run our old fos­sil-fu­elled en­gines, but it’s un­cer­tain if we’ll be able to af­ford the fuel or road tax, or even be al­lowed to drive into cities.

What will hap­pen to petrol and diesel sec­ond­hand prices come 2030? Will diesel still be avail­able? Is mov­ing to elec­tric only just di­vert­ing the pol­lu­tion in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion? Lots to get our head around.

Elec­tric does have a fu­ture, of course. Some man­u­fac­tur­ers are pro­duc­ing 300+ mile range ve­hi­cles now, so what the range will be in 23 years is any­one’s guess.

Send me your thoughts on this de­ci­sion via email at the ad­dress above.

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