EV - what's the future for classic cars?
Prime Minster Boris Johnson's announcement today confirms new
cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold
in the UK from 2030, but some hybrids would still be allowed. The
ban does not affect used petrol and diesel cars - only new cars.
Will the UK be ready for a 2030 ban on sales of petrol and diesel
Electrification of Historic Vehicles - FIVA position
FBHVC news item
What will happen to classic cars after the petrol and diesel ban?
It will still be possible to buy and sell classic cars after the
ban on new vehicles comes in. However, classic car enthusiasts should
keep in mind that the long-term aim is to reach a future where there
are no petrol or diesel cars on the roads.
Its been suggested
that within 10-15 years of banning the sale of new petrol and
diesel cars, there could only be electric cars in circulation.
That said, as any classic car owner knows, there are plenty of cherished
vehicles still in use that are much more than 15 years old.
Classic cars are not being banned, but its likely that the next
few decades we will see a shift that may eventually present a challenge
for classic car drivers. For example, increased availability of electric
car charging points and decreased space at fuel stations for traditional
petrol and diesel pumps.
The reduced availability of petrol at pumps could be a real problem
for future classic car enthusiasts.
Adrian Flux blog
fuel costs chart
cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be
sold in the UK from 2030, but some hybrids would still be
allowed. This was in the announcement today by Boris Johnson
who added it was part of a "green industrial revolution"
to tackle climate change. Another key point of the plan is a
£1.3bn investment in electric vehicle (EV) charging points.
Grants for EV buyers will stretch to £582m to help people
make the transition. There is also nearly £500m for battery
manufacture in the Midlands and the north-east of England. BBC
Classic cars are not being banned, but its likely that
the next few decades will see a shift that may eventually present
a challenge for classic car drivers. For example, increased
availability of electric car charging points and decreased space
at fuel stations for traditional petrol and diesel pumps. Values
may fall too.
fuel cell cars are an alternative to battery powered electric
cars (EVs). There's a pleasing engineering simplicity about
a fuel cell: you start with water, which you electrolyse using
surplus off-peak grid electricity into hydrogen and oxygen,
which you feed into a fuel cell, which emits water and electricity.
But, we're a long way from there at the moment as most supplies
of hydrogen are steamed out of natural gas, which is a fossil
fuel. So at present there's only a small environmental benefit
in a fuel cell. For drivers the benefit would be the retention
of the "stop-fill-go" convenience rather than "plan
ahead-stop/recharge-then go on" with EVs.
an Autotrader article of hydrogen fuel cell cars.
EV classic car conversions become accepted?
seen recently a number of MGB
EV cars are being produced and offered for sale at eye-watering
Powertrain announced an EV kit for a Mini so conversion
kits might become more generally available for MGBs and other
classics at more affordable prices.
With the ownership of a major part of the stock of classic cars
changing over the next 25 years, as current owners (typically
in the 55 to 70 age range) sell up, will the new owners probably
in their 30s and 40s today view EV classics in a different way?
Almost certainly society will become conditioned to the change
from fossil fuelled cars for their daily driver car but if fossil
fuelled classics continue to have access to public roads their
attraction will remain. But will there be petrol for sale at
filling stations? A
reduced availability of petrol at pumps could be a real problem
for future classic car enthusiasts.