ICE Ban in UK 20 Years Too Soon, say Consumers

Calls are increasing for the UK to postpone its deadline for a ban on new ICE vehicle sales with most consumers saying the nation is not ready for mass EV adoption.

A new study suggest that two thirds of motorists show a real lack of confidence in the UK meeting the Government’s ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030, with most drivers believing it would be 2052 by the time the country would realistically be ready for such a ban. The research commissioned by EV range prediction specialist, Spark EV Technology, of a thousand targeted motorists also revealed that more than half of UK motorists are concerned they don’t have charging facilities where they live, while 64% state having reliable information about how much battery charge is left, would be very important when thinking about buying a new electric vehicle. Meanwhile, the willingness to adopt EVs across the UK is split, with 83% of Londoners more likely to make the switch by 2030 and those in Scotland and the North East of England less inclined to move over in time for the ban.

ICE advantages

The study adds to concerns from several automakers and suppliers that a head-long rush into forced BEV adoption could accelerate global warming when ICE technology is better placed to rapidly reduce emissions of green houses gases. (See also: Diesel Powertrains will Reduce CO2 Quicker than BEVs, Forum Claims and UK ICE Ban is Ill-Conceived)

Justin Ott, CEO and founder of Spark EV Technology, said: “If the UK is serious about banning new petrol and diesel vehicles we need politicians to step in and address the barriers holding people back from driving an EV. EVs need to be affordable and drivers need to have the confidence that they have enough range to reach their destination and that they will have access to the equipment to re-charge their vehicle when they need to.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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