Early in February, the UK government announced it was bringing forward the date it would phase out sales of fossil fuel powered cars from 2040 to 2035. This generated a lot of media coverage, outrage and discussion. I too was puzzled, why on earth does anyone think it’s going to take that long?
There are some very good reasons why it’s fair to assume that by 2035 there will be very few buyers who will actually want a petrol or diesel car. Perhaps more importantly, the car manufacturers won’t want you to buy one.
The car companies have no choice
For years car manufacturers have been showing futuristic electric concept vehicles at motorshows. They were always 'coming soon', but the other 95% of the stand floor was still full of petrol and diesel cars. This has been going on so long we’ve got used to the endless 'mañana'. However, 2020 is the year this has to change. All you need is a calculator to prove it to yourself, but it’s quite involved and number heavy. If you don’t want the details then skip to the next section, but it boils down to this: the car makers will get massive, company-killing fines if they don’t make electric cars.