When the government said they want to ban diesel vehicles by 2030, this statement caused huge concern amongst much of the population. Initially a lot of people were under the impression that they would have to get rid of their diesel vehicle even if they did not wish to. We now know this is not the case and UKDPF have put together some useful information you may find of interest to clarify the situation.

Yes, don’t panic, you will still be able to keep and drive your car or van as the banning of diesel vehicles only refers to new vehicles. There will still be many diesels on the road after that date. You will continue to be able to purchase a second-hand diesel car or van after 2030, and will not have to change to an Electric or Hybrid vehicle unless you choose to do so.

The government are hoping that people will switch to electric sooner rather than later. Experts in the field are not confident that the 2030 date is realistic, there is a tremendous amount of work required to put the adequate infostructure in place to allow for charging these vehicles. We are a long way from making a move to all electric cars and vans.

There is also the current issue of a shortage of batteries in the UK for the electric cars that are being manufactured. The shortage of lithium is a problem worldwide. It is considered that even if the availability of amount of lithium is increased there is a likelihood that the industry would only be able to produce up to 60% of the batteries required by the 2030 date stipulated for the ceasing of diesel vehicle manufacture.

The amount of lithium required is greater the larger the car and the longer the range required. Smaller cars need a smaller battery with less lithium, it must be noted that many consumers prefer and need a larger vehicle with a long range before recharging. Manufacturers may have to decide to either build more of the smaller vehicles or build the larger vehicles and will have to give them a smaller battery travel range. This is likely to not sit well with the consumer.

There is a need for more development of hydrogen fuel cell batteries to take up some of the slack. Another option could be sodium-ion which works pretty much the same as lithium-ion and has a lower cost of production. China has been developing this for some time, but it has not been addressed across the world and there is scope for looking in this direction.

The other issue regarding the purchase of an EV is the cost, the price for even the most basic models is high and therefore out of the reach of many individuals. Pushing up the price of diesel at the pump and taxing individuals for driving diesels seems unfair as there is often not a choice to go out and buy a new vehicle.

London has decided to put forward a scrappage scheme for residents in the London boroughs, it is implementing this as they are extending the ULEZ zone. The London scrappage scheme is helpful to some but realistically the amount given is only a small gesture. The low paid workers that rely on their cars as they perhaps work unsociable shift patterns, either in health care or the hospitality sector are not going to have the funds to replace their vehicle to newer ones. A new EV is most certainly out of reach.

Diesels are still a great option for motorists that need to travel long distances, they are more economical that other fuel options for heavy mileage. There is every likelihood that there is a large part of the population who will be continuing to drive their diesel vehicles for many years after 2030.

The most important thing is to look after your vehicle, regular servicing and general maintenance can save money on fuel. Having your DPF filter cleaned will improve the performance of your vehicle and improve mileage. Call UKDPF Cleaning, we provide a cost effective, speedy service to clean your diesel particle filter and keep your car or van healthy and on the road for longer.