The Next Decade Of Electric Cars: What You Should Know
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An introduction to electric cars
The world changes and evolves every day. And with more focus being placed on the need to conserve the environment than ever before, it’s only natural that new rules are being introduced to reduce the number of petrol and diesel cars on the road.
With the sales of new petrol and diesel cars prohibited beyond 2030, more people than ever are turning to electric cars as a viable alternative. Once the stuff of science fiction, these types of cars are now readily available for most road users.
For the average driver, it might be hard to know where to start when it comes to running an electric car. After all, you’ve probably spent most of your life driving a petrol or diesel option. Luckily, we’re here to help.
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about electric cars, including how to buy one, the charging process, how they’re likely to impact British roads in the future, and all the costs associated with an electric car you might not already know about.
Predicted future trends of electric cars
If current trends are to be believed, the automotive industry is on the verge of its most drastic change in decades. Some forecasts predict that by 2030 (the year in which new internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales will be banned) there will be somewhere between 33-40 million electric cars on European roads.
In November of 2021 alone, as many as 18.8% of all new vehicle registrations in the UK during 2021 were electric, with a further 9.3% registered hybrids.
6.5m households are expected to own an EV by 2030, while a Government report found 44% of all adults were likely to switch to an all-electric car in the next 10 years.
Bloomberg NEF goes as far as to predict that electric cars could be 2200% more common on global roads by the year 2050. Their projections highlight the following market shares by the start of each of the next four decades for this type of vehicle:
Despite the encouraging figures, there is without doubt some hesitancy on the part of drivers – which has the potential to see these ambitious predictions fall short. Concerns about the move to electric have largely remained consistent amongst UK drivers, with separate Deloitte studies in 2018 and 2020 highlighting their doubts.