Classic en­gines ‘gone in 10 years’

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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.

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