2040 petrol ban

Gov­ern­ment an­nounces ban on petrol and diesel ve­hi­cles by 2040

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How it will ef­fect us?

When John Mcguin­ness, Bruce An­stey or Guy Martin step off their TT Zero bikes at the Isle of Man TT they’re al­ways forced to de­fend the in­clu­sion of elec­tric power in our vi­ciously en­trenched petrol-burn­ing cul­ture of motorcycling.

But last week, the Governe­ment an­nounced their in­tent to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel ve­hi­cles by 2040, with a goal of ban­ish­ing al­most all com­bus­tion en­gine ve­hi­cles from our roads by 2050. The ram­i­fi­ca­tions of that are hugely wide-rang­ing, from the cre­ation of an elec­tric-en­abled road net­work, to the huge in­crease needed in elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion to fuel an es­ti­mated dou­bling in UK na­tional grid power con­sump­tion.

As less than 1% of the UK’S road traf­fic, mo­tor­cy­cles are barely con­tribut­ing to the problem and – pre­dictably – are being broadly ig­nored as part of the so­lu­tion.

While not sin­gled-out by the new plans, there are cer­tain to be puni­tive mea­sures taken against us. It’s al­ready been an­nounced that pre-2007 mo­tor­cy­cles will be charged £12.50 per day to en­ter Lon­don’s Low Emis­sion Zone from 2020, and by 2040 it ap­pears that all pre-2000 mo­tor­cy­cles will face a sim­i­lar sys­tem of fines or charges na­tion­ally.

The Gov­ern­ment has al­ready im­ple­mented an in­cen­tive for new elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cle pur­chase, of­fer­ing buy­ers a £1500 re­bate – but with bike prices still being pro­hib­i­tively high, choice being ex­cep­tion­ally lim­ited, and prac­ti­cal­ity still a dis­tant goal rather than a re­al­ity (for most) – it’s nei­ther enough, nor the an­swer.

What it is, is an op­por­tu­nity for bike development to fast-track in­evitably strato­spheric im­prove­ments in bat­tery per­for­mance, weight and pack­ag­ing.

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