Classic engines ‘gone in 10 years’
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has dismissed predictions that the internal combustion engine will be no more by 2025.
Stanford University economist and lecturer, Professor Tony Seba’s 77-page report, ‘Rethinking Transportation 20202030’, claims that internal combustion engine production will be replaced by electric in less than ten years and describes those who hold on to traditional vehicles as ‘tech laggards’ and ‘people who dislike change, and distrust new technology.’
FBHVC director of communications, Geoff Lancaster, says: ‘You know the old adage about economists – put a dozen of them together in one room and you’ll get a dozen different theories.
‘It’s too simple to say that internal combustion will be replaced by electricity by a specific date. No doubt Professor Seba has considered the economic, sustainability and environmental impacts of reliance on a major switch to electricity where generation capacity is stretched?’
RAC Foundation director, Steve Gooding, recently gave evidence at the House of Lords for the Science and Technology Committee’s session on the future of UK transport. He says: ‘I doubt whether I could interest the RAC in setting up an autonomous vehicle branch in the future.’
Internal combustion engines like the one found in this Alfa GTV will be a thing of the past by 2025, according to a leading economist.