We’re all vastly aware of the effects of global warming and climate change on our environment. One of the main culprits is carbon emissions from transport vehicles on our roads. Home to some of the most congested cities in the world, the UK government is launching a proposal for all new suburban homes to be fitted with electric car charging points alongside street lights to be fitted with charging points when close to on-street parking.
This proposal comes in the wake of criticism faced by the UK government for failing to reach its carbon emissions target. The government is also finalising details of a sales ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2040, hoping to help them reach their target of reducing green gas emissions by 80% by 2050 (80% of levels recorded in 1990).
Electric vehicles contributed to only 5.5% of the UK’s new car sales in the first half of 2018. Although that’s up over 1.2% on the same time last year, it’s still a very small percentage of the new car market. For those who only use their cars for short trips, a large electric battery doesn’t make sense, which is why hybrid petrol and electric vehicles are currently more popular. Buyers are also lacking information when it comes to electric vehicles, making it a difficult decision when looking for a new car. Therefore making electric car charging points mandatory for new suburban homes seems like a bit of a push when people simply aren’t buying electric cars.
With such a short share of the market, is it realistic to phase out petrol and diesel cars so soon? The UK will need to be fully equipped to cope with such an influx of electric vehicles, including regular car charging points and the ability to cope with the surge of electricity required from the power grid.
Can you see yourself driving an electric car in the next 20 years or so? Do you drive one already?