With the UK announcing a ban on petrol and diesel cars come 2040, it’s probably about time I bit the bullet, got rid of my 1.9-litre turbo diesel, and forked out the money to buy a 6.2-litre V8 gas guzzler while they’re still in style (and technically acceptable).
I’ll be honest, like a large percentage of drivers on the road today, I’ve never had even the slightest desire to buy an electric car. Call me old fashioned, but there’s something undeniably satisfying about the sound of an engine chugging along at breakneck speeds while the exhaust sings a song so beautiful it makes Henry Ford dance in his grave. For some, cars are a necessity. For me, cars are toys, and that exactly why an electric car just doesn’t cut it.
Saying this, though, I enjoy breathing clean air just as much as the next guy, so it’s hard to argue that the proposed ban is not in everyone’s best interest. However, what I will ask is just how clean are these electric alternatives? Yes, they don’t emit any pollution, but people forget what actually goes into the production process and more importantly, where exactly this electricity comes from. The majority of UK electricity still comes from burning natural gas and coal, which in itself accounts for 28% of all emissions. Until that changes, an increased demand for electricity caused by electric cars will do just as much harm as good. Until we rely more heavily on renewable energy resources, I just don’t see electric cars as a solution to anything.
It’s easy to see why this decision has been made. With growing pressure worldwide to reduce our carbon footprint, it’s important to take steps towards a cleaner, more sustainable and environmentally friendly country. As much as I want to defend those beautiful gas guzzling automobiles, it’s hard to do so without sounding selfish and idiotic. I’ll just enjoy my car while I can, soon enough we’ll all be driven around by robots anyway.