Lots of work needed before UK can fully embrace electric cars, says Welsh motor expert

A Welsh motor industry expert believes that there’s a “lot of work” needed before the UK can say goodbye to diesel and petrol vehicles in favour of electric versions.

Liam Powell, who runs contract hire and car leasing specialist Ask4Leasing, says the government needs to implement the right infrastructure before it can fully embrace green energy vehicles.

Speaking of the Government’s pledge to ban diesel cars by 2040, Liam said: “There is a lot of work to be done before we can become a country of only hybrid and electric cars.

“Questions need to be answered on when and where the huge volume of charging points will be installed, and whether the national grid will be able to cope with the extra demand.

“The cost implication is another factor; it is being reported that this may reach £30bn in the run-up to 2020; which works out at £4.8M per week, every week, across the next 12 years.”

When asked about the mood of the market since the announcement, Liam said: “No customers have changed their minds since the announcement; diesel and petrol cars still outweigh hybrid and electric by quite some way.

“However, we have seen a steady decline in the popularity of diesel cars over the last few years due to people being better informed of the health risks, people being more environmentally conscious and the improvement in the efficiency of petrol cars; with many being capable of 70 miles per gallon.

“Most certainly, though, the steady decline has been because of the improvement of hybrid and electric vehicles; especially when it comes to businesses and company cars.

Britain is looking to replicate the likes of Norway, which has been promoting electric vehicles since the 1990s. The emissions scandal has been suggested as a key motivating factor behind the government’s decision to press ahead with this push.

Liam continued: “Coupled with the improvement in battery and electric vehicles, I can’t see many new petrol or diesel cars being sold in the UK come 2030.

“I think the biggest winners to emerge out of the drive towards green energy vehicles are the energy suppliers and businesses involved in fitting the hundreds of thousands of charging stations that will be required across the whole of the country.”