In today’s world, how we care for the planet is a major priority in all sectors of life and it is especially important in the motor industry. We are currently undergoing a global warming crisis; therefore, it is essential that we take any steps available to make the planet greener. You will see programmes on television and campaigns across the country highlighting ways to reduce plastic, save electric and stop using fossil fuels. In the motoring world, there are several ways in which we contribute to helping save the world from global warming.
One of the most important parts of the movement towards a greener world is to keep testing and discovering most sustainable technologies that will eventually help to save the world. In the world of motors, electric and hybrid vehicles are at the forefront of this movement and have been increasing on the roads in the last 5 years. Major motor companies such as BMW, Volkswagen and Hyundai are all prioritising their efforts into making more sustainable vehicles, which only means other companies will follow.
During the first half of 2018, 5.5 percent of all new vehicles in the UK were hybrid or electric, which is a large increase from 4.2 percent 6 months previous. As an industry, we are on the right track to making the country a greener one.
Green number plates
If you drive a clean car, taxi or van then you may soon have a green plate attached to your vehicle if they are given the go ahead by the government. This scheme is already in place in countries such as Norway and China and has proven to be a big success. As a reward for taking a more sustainable approach to driving, these vehicles may benefit from access to low emission lanes and access to dedicated low-emission zones across the country.
When will this take place?
The initial consultation for green number plates took place in September 2018, however since there has been no further progression in this project and no announcements in regard to when the project will be introduced in the UK. One of the main factors to this is Brexit which is top of the agenda for many of the MP’s in the UK.
Although there is no progression so far, implementing this system wouldn’t take very long. In the Netherlands, these personal number plates were seen on the roads less than one year after the proposal was passed, therefore we could see the green plates hitting the road as soon as November 2019.
What problems you might face
Studies have revealed that many people in the UK would purchase an electric vehicle, however they have raised concerns about the quality and availability of charging points across the country. Similarly, a study with the AA discovered that 8 out of 10 people would consider buying an electric car if there was better access to charging points.
We are on the way to a greener future in the motor industry with new technology developing every day. But for now, there is still a lot to be done before we can call our roads ‘clean’. If you want to contribute to saving the planet then looking into buying a hybrid or electric car can help and you’ll be doing your bit for the environment.