Almost every car manufacturer now offers a range of green vehicles, from a fully electric option to hybrids. There is still plenty of scope for improvements and expansion for green cars across the world though, as governments and manufacturers are set to introduce new schemes, concepts and green cars. As the mainstream begins to adopt and warm to green cars, there are various ways they are set to change in the future.
Increase in Green Cars
The number of new cars which are electric or hybrid models is set to increase, with the likes of DS planning to introduce its first range of electric and plug-in hybrid green cars in the next few years. DS is not the only one, with other manufacturers developing green versions of their existing models and working on electric and hybrid concepts.
From practical concepts such as the Volkswagen NILS (an electric commuter car) to outrageous ones like the Toyota Fun Vii (which looks incredibly futuristic), manufacturers are serious about boosting green car production. It may be years before these concepts see the light of day, but plenty of other new green cars are set to emerge in the meantime.
Green cars are already starting to be used in various industries and this looks likely to grow even further in the future. Taxi firms, couriers, public transport and others are now using hybrid and electric vehicles, due to the benefits of lower fuel costs and reduced CO2 emissions.
Another reason is that the number of electric charging points is also increasing. In October 2016 there were just over 10,000, while at the time of writing in September 2017 there are 13,602 connectors in almost 5,000 locations. As these continue to increase, some believe they will eventually outnumber petrol stations. This will make it even more convenient to own and run a green car.
Petrol and Diesel
Another introduction that will significantly boost green cars is the plan to ban all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 onwards in the UK. This is part of the government’s clean air initiative, aiming to reduce levels of nitrogen oxide. Charges to enter ‘clean air zones’ could form part of the scheme as well.
It may still be a number of years away, but the move could result in many drivers being tempted to switch to a hybrid or electric car a lot sooner. Plus, it will force any manufacturer lagging behind to begin developing green cars.
Buying a Green Car
Certain manufacturers have introduced a diesel scrappage scheme; if you trade in your diesel car, you receive a discount off a new vehicle. It’s designed to reduce emissions on the road and get more people driving green cars. For those who don’t own a diesel that can be scrapped or can’t afford a new car even with the discount, with more electric and hybrid cars being produced there are more available second hand. Just ensure you take out a used car warranty if purchasing second hand for protection.
Engine technology is bound to keep improving to create more energy and fuel-efficient cars. More petrol stations may start offering electric charging points, for quick refills, and the lengthy recharge times at home should hopefully begin to fall.
There is a lot of potential for green cars to develop over the next few years and decades, to the point where they may be unrecognisable by 2040 from what they were in 2017.