“The UK government was due to make an announcement on the possibility of a more ambitious timeline for the ban of combustion vehicles in the coming few days, and sources have already told both the BBC and the Financial Times that the ban will indeed be brought forward to 2030.”
See UK To Ban Sales Of Combustion Vehicles By 2030 — ReportI’m old enough to remember that UK had to ban the burning of peat back in the day just to make air breathable. Banning ICEs is a good thing to improve the air and to reduce global warming but there should be some exceptions made. I think there are arguments to be made to retain some ICEs for emergency vehicles or long haul vehicles. There are still a few things for which ICEs perform better and for most EVs the physical size of a battery still limits the hours of operation/distance covered. In many cases, one can make an EV last a shift but what if an emergency demands unplanned overtime or the emergency means traveling a distance with a low state of charge?
Redundant coverage of territory or redundant staffing might manage these situations but going all BEV won’t solve all our problems. Indeed, there will be some critical mass where there will be so few ICEs around that fueling and maintaining ICEs will become a problem. I will definitely need a battery-powered lawn mower if that happens and it takes two hours to mow my lawn by burning gasoline. Current battery-powered mowers only last about an hour and I need to run my snowblower at any temperature even in high winds… 🙁