Our reflection on the ICE and Hybrid Ban in 2035
Posted February 11, 2020 by James
We welcome the government’s announcement that the sales of ICE vehicles including hybrids will be banned from 2035 - at the latest. At least 5 years earlier than previously stated.
However, we still believe that the industry will help achieve this objective much sooner than 2035. Indeed by 2030, we think that drivers will only want to buy electric cars anyway. This is based on global trends that will make the electric vehicle’s rise inevitable.
Firstly, by the mid-2020s the electric car, which is already about four times cheaper to run, is going to be cheaper to buy than a petrol car, as batteries continue their incredible progress in cost reduction. Cheaper, better batteries are making longer range cars available to more and more consumers - 250 mile range will become the norm, even in affordable models.
Through the 2020s, more and more full battery electric models will begin to flood the market from a host of manufacturers, giving drivers of every type of car the chance to experience the obviously superior performance of electric motoring. Unreal acceleration, assured handling, effortless driving and the benefit of convenient top-up charging at their home, work and destinations.
While charging is often a concern for those not used to living with an electric car, in reality, it is a real convenience win for drivers. Electric cars fuel themselves whilst we work, rest and play. No longer do we have to detour to refuel when we were trying to get somewhere. Simply charge once you arrive. Returning to find a fully charged car each morning at home, each evening at work and benefiting from free top-ups at convenient locations like Tesco while you shop. Even for those occasional journeys of more than 200 miles where you need to charge en route, there will be a network of high powered chargers that will put more than 150 miles into your car in the time it takes for a coffee and a refresh.
So it’s easy to see why you’d buy an electric car by 2030, but it’s hard to imagine why you’d bother with a petrol powered car. Which means the falling residual values will make internal combustion engine sales unviable by 2030. And that will be job done - 100% electric sales.
Of course, there is still a lot of work to do to build the charging infrastructure we’ll need to support the mass uptake of electric cars over the next decade, but that work is well underway. Pod Point’s aim has always been to put a Pod Point everywhere you park - every home, workplace car park, every destination will need easy to use chargepoints that are smart enough to work in harmony with the grid.
We’ve been at this for over a decade and we relish big challenges!