Petrol and Diesel Cars Are Being Phased Out Sooner, What Does this Mean for Greener Car Parking?
A year ago, the UK had a twenty-year time frame for phasing out petrol and diesel powered vehicles. Within the space of twelve months this adjustment period has shrunk by half. This drastic shift in priorities is bound to have consequences.
Many industry analysts believe that the original 2040 target was already challenging. In 2019, just 1.6% of new cars in the UK were battery powered. With the shorter time frame, putting the necessary charging infrastructure in place by 2030 will be more difficult.
There’s further uncertainty about what will happen in the market. Currently there is a price premium for electric and hybrid vehicles. This is due, to a large degree, to the fact that vehicles are designed around internal combustion engines. Producing electric and hybrid versions of those vehicles is an additional engineering and production cost.
At what point do mass producers decide that the economics have shifted to the point where it’s not worthwhile developing or making vehicles that cannot be sold after 2030? The practical end date for petrol and diesel may come even sooner than 2030.
EV Charging Capacity and Green Car Parking
Today, there are just over 20,000 public charging points in the UK. How many times will this figure need to be multiplied over the next nine years to meet demand? And where will they be located?
This is where the strategies for parking provision and green transport need to meet. Car parking facilities need to be provided or adapted to help increase public EV charging capacity. Not only that, the added charging capacity should, as far as possible, use renewable sources to provide the electricity.
The Osborne-Siderpark modular car park solution has many advantages. The environmental impact of their construction is significantly less than conventional multi-storey car parks. The structure is also easily dismantled, moved or recycled when it is no longer needed. The system is also designed to accommodate EV charging points, sensor lighting and solar trees that generate electricity for vehicle charging and car park operation.