Is the Green Car Revolution now in full force?
I love technology, and technology in cars is equally great, but for a petrolhead I’m not sure I’ll ever want a car that has no engine roar (as I’m a caveman).
A green revolution could be on the horizon with new research from AA Cars revealing that nearly a quarter of drivers are planning to choose electric or hybrid when the time comes to purchase their next car.
The shift towards green vehicles is backed up by data from AA Cars, which reports a 470% jump in people searching for eco-friendly cars, since 2014.
What do you think? Do you have or are you planning to get an electric or hybrid car?
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One thought on "Is the Green Car Revolution now in full force?"
No. The whole think has been massively over-hyped. Electric cars are far too expensive, overly complicated and simply lack the range and charging infrastructure to be viable replacements for many drivers. Add in the eye-watering depreciation (according to What Car? the Renault Zoe was 2018’s fastest depreciating car) and the ticking time-bomb of a battery pack that (just like an iPhone) will hold less charge and discharge quicker as it ages will mean trouble as the vehicles age. With the UK Government demonising diesel, those of us who run such cars now face the problem of lower trade-in values. Couple this with the new VED rates and the ‘do nothing’ option becomes very attractive. Why would I, for example, commit to paying rates north of £460 and £150 for exactly the same vehicles that I’m paying rates of £155 and £30, respectively? Both cars are just a few years old, reliable, safe, we’ll-equipped and reliable. As a family that would usually change our cars on a 3-4 year cycle, we now plan to keep our current vehicles (a high performance diesel and family petrol) indefinitely.