Is the future green for the UK motoring industry?

Is the future green for the UK motoring industry? 10th December 2015

In the last couple of years, there has been a real push towards environmentally-friendly motoring, with more and more people across the nation getting on board with the concept of electric and hybrid cars. 

This could well end up being the future of driving in the UK, with the government confirming this week that it has committed to a change over the coming decades that would eventually lead to everyone driving a green vehicle. 

According to its new international agreement, signed at the Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance climate conference in Paris, the government will seek to make almost every single car sold in UK zero emissions by the year 2050.

In total, 14 countries signed the agreement, with Britain being joined in its pledge by the likes of Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. 

There is still a lot of work that needs to be done, however, for this to become a reality. While there are often good intentions when it comes to drivers making the move to a greener vehicle, most drivers still need it to make financial sense before they will consider ditching their traditional car. 

An RAC survey recently carried out found that as many as a fifth of the UK's drivers would consider buying an electric or hybrid vehicle when they next make a purchase. However, half of those who said they would added that it would need to make them savings on the running cost. 

Philippa Oldham, of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, echoed this sentiment, saying that manufacturers of these types of vehicle need to make sure they are driving down the cost of these types of vehicle, as well as improving their overall performance, to give people a reason to buy into the idea.  

Posted by Danielle Barge