Adapting to an electric future

From 2035 onwards, only new passenger car vehicles that emit zero grams CO2 emissions during operation are allowed to be sold in the EU. In the UK, the same applies except the deadline is 2030. This means even greater efforts will need to be made in order to achieve the stated targets in terms of electric vehicles.

The fundamentals will need to be put in place, and quickly, such as national public charging infrastructures, the corresponding power grids and generation of the necessary renewable energy. While the gradual phasing out of internal combustion engine-based vehicles with hybrid and all-electric alternatives is certainly taking place, it’s not happening at the pace many have predicted. Is the buying behaviour of UK consumers supporting or delaying this transition?

The car parc theory suggests that approximately 80% of cars in the UK will still be ICE-based or hybrid engines in 2030. So, it will be an evolution rather than a revolution. It’s very difficult to provide electric charging points in high conservation areas of city centres, for example, or terraced houses. Other factors are slowing down the transition to electric vehicles such as the ongoing shortage of copper, lithium and semiconductor chips, as well as global geo-political issues that impacting the automotive supply chain.

Mark Dolloway, Schaeffler’s Automotive Aftermarket UK Managing Director, tells us more in his blog where he takes a look at the challenges the industry is facing.

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