In a blow to private ownership, a ‘tipping point’ for petrol cars is ‘clearly on the horizon.’
PETROL cars’ “tipping point” is “clearly on the horizon,” which is a major setback for traditional combustion vehicle owners.
The UK also has an “insufficient” charging network, according to Jon Lawes, managing director of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions.
They warn that this has the “potential” to slow the adoption of new electric vehicles as drivers abandon gasoline and diesel vehicles.
“The tipping point away from petrol is clearly on the horizon, and it’s a really exciting time for our industry,” he told this website.
“We know that electric vehicles (EVs) have significant environmental and cost advantages for fleets.
“However, the UK’s inadequate charging infrastructure has the potential to stifle mass adoption.”
The warning comes just days after the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported a sharp drop in new petrol and diesel car sales.
In 2021, only 46% of new models sold were gasoline vehicles, according to the data.
This percentage dropped from 64% in 2019 to 55% in 2020.
Meanwhile, diesel vehicle sales have dropped to less than 10% of total vehicle sales.
A total of 8% of new vehicles had a diesel engine, compared to 25% in 2019 and 16% in 2020.
Battery electric vehicle sales increased by 12% last year, from 2% in 2019.
According to the SMMT, total sales of alternative vehicles have now reached the same level as gasoline (46 percent).
By the end of the decade, the government wants to stop selling new gasoline and diesel vehicles.
However, at the current rate, petrol and diesel cars may be extinct from forecourts in just four to five years.
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“These figures cap off a hugely encouraging few months for the electrification of the UK’s automotive sector,” he said.
“In 2021, consumer demand for electric vehicles (EVs) grew rapidly, nearly doubling in the year to December and now accounting for a quarter of all new vehicles on UK roads,” according to the report.
“In 2022, this appetite shows no signs of waning, as more and more drivers see the long-term benefits of switching to cleaner, more sustainable vehicles.”
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