The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their proposals to ban all petrol and diesel powered cars by 2040.
The proposal – which aims to drastically reduce carbon emissions – would mean millions of cars being taken off our roads in favour of super-low emissions vehicles such as hybrids and EVs. Fossil fuels would, however, be permitted for use in HGVs.
Obviously, the plans spell more disadvantages than advantages for UK petrolheads. Have you bought an expensive new car recently? Chances are high it’s not electric, nor will it have a hi-tech hybrid system in place. For that reason, the Lib Dems’ proposal means your new car – which probably has a shelf life of a few decades these days – will be killed off prematurely. Owner of a classic sports car? Forget driving it on UK roads after 2040 (unless you stuff it full of batteries in the meantime).
Granted, EVs are getting cooler and more usable these days – you need only look at the Renault Twizy and Zoe – but to put an outright ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is not the right way to get votes or save the environment. Let’s not forget, it’s huge power stations that make electricity for our EVs, after all…