We are currently undergoing a green revolution in the auto industry, with more and more motorists making the switch to eco-friendly automobiles from petrol and diesel. This is reflected in the startling sales figures, with diesel falling by a third in October and Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) rising by 36.9%.
There are a few reasons for this revolution, but one of the key factors is the Government’s clean air plans, which most notably include the 2040 ban on petrol and diesel cars. In addition to this, the Government have incentivised making the switch, offering a grant towards the cost of a new plug-in electric car, plus low emission vehicles can pay little or no road tax. When this is combined with the rising costs of diesel with new schemes like the T-Charge, it is easy to see why so many people are making the switch.
It is not just the Government encouraging people to change, however. The manufacturers are now focusing all of their efforts on developing stylish, practical and efficient AFVs as they are aware that this is the future of the industry. Paving the way is Japanese manufacturer Toyota, who are deemed pioneers in the field ever since releasing the Toyota Prius – the world’s first mass-produced hybrid automobile.
Toyota’s primary goal is to develop the ultimate eco vehicle which will emit zero harmful emissions and have no negative impact on the environment. They currently produce a range of plug-in hybrids, electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles (which create electricity by combining oxygen with hydrogen), but there is still a lot of work to be done. Fortunately, this means that there are a lot of used eco-friendly Toyotas for sale in the second-hand car market, which can make obtaining these cars much more affordable and especially from places like Shelbourne Motors. This is important, as many motorists are keen to make the change but are unable to afford a brand new electric or hybrid vehicle.
It is for this reason that used car sales remain somewhat stable at this pivotal moment, as many motorists still need to change car but are unable to buy new, or do not want to make a large financial decision with so much uncertainty over Brexit and what the future holds for the UK. It is clear that the public is taking note of the Government’s clean air plans and preparing for a green future – with key manufacturers like Toyota paving the way and filling the roads with eco-friendly automobiles, it seems that the revolution is fully underway.