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Sky high diesel prices spell the end for cars, truck and vans



It's all down to policies. If you have a policy to promote oil and petrol with subsidies, but do not give the same incentives to solar and wind power, you are in effect promoting fossil fuels over renewables. Perhaps it should have been the other way around, about 10 to 15 years ago.







Average petrol and diesel pump prices in the UK have hit new record highs yet again, with the Government still being urged to help ease the burden on drivers.

Petrol now costs an average of 183.16p per litre, while diesel is 188.82p per litre. Many fuel stations, particularly those on motorways, are charging more than 2 per litre for the fuels. The news comes just a day after the average cost of filling the 55-litre fuel tank of a typical family car with unleaded has exceeded 100 for the first time.


The failure of the politicians in Whitehall to have any kind of contingency plan for a war scenario, fossil fuel reserves, or alternative fuels strategy, compounds their inability to foresee that which Ursula von der Leyen had predicted the modern day Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Putin, was building up to many years ago. Readers could be forgiven for thinking British and other European administrations' to be nothing less than bumbling fools - where the Imperialist ambitions of the former KGB officer was to many military strategists as plain as day.


It seems to be that our politicians were snake charmed by the lure of cheap oil and gas - that did not exist. There is nothing cheap about fighting a conventional war, with the threat of nuclear weapons lurking in the background: Russia Vs Ukraine. That could erupt into a World War Three scenario, as the Red dictator begins to lose his control, leading to desperate measures. Presumably, as we have seen this, MI6 and the CIA, must have a few 'Jack Ryan' annalists lurking in their corridors - also apprised of the possibilities. Clearly, if there were, their reports were ignored.


As our parents used to say: "They couldn't arrange a piss up in a brewery."


And that brings us to the lack of infrastructure for hydrogen and battery electric vehicles. How is it with so many viable options yet to be explored, that these alternatives have not been explored? It could be that the UK's Conservative energy strategy is missing because they are uninformed. In other words ignorant. Or it could be that they were too much concerned for their chums in oil to care about the consequences. Well, we do not think our ministers are ignorant. Leading to the inevitable conclusion, of hands in pockets. As Sherlock Holmes, may have deduced.


However you look at it, it is not a pleasant view. Some may argue that the present government do not have a clue how to 

run the country with their hands so deeply embedded in the pockets of the Climate Deniers, who have been lobbying to maintain reliance on coal and oil - at the expense of undermining the development of renewables.


Put plainly, it is not a level playing field. Subsidies have been given to oil and coal giants, and even to nuclear energy companies, rather than renewables. So reliant are they on keeping an economy fuelled, despite it being inequitable and so, unsustainable.





One of the sticking points at the moment, apart from the absent supporting infrastructure, is the high price of electric vehicles, where the battery is expensive, but the rest of the car is cheaper to produce than the IC equivalent. Or, at least it could be.


There are several ways of lowering the price of EVs: 


1. Firstly, governments could exempt EVs from car taxes, and road fund licences.


2. Secondly, policies could be created to force OEMs to work together to define and utilize a standard form of energy pack, be it ammonia, battery, hydrogen or methanol. No matter what chemistry, they should all be voltage compatible and interchangeable.


3. Thirdly, policies could be created to force service stations to stock the standard energy packs defined in two above.


4. Lastly, a method of billing for energy cartridge depreciation and energy used, should be introduced. Such that an EV customer does not have to purchase an energy cartridge with a new vehicle, nor enter into an expensive leasing arrangement.


Special finance at zero, or extremely low interest rates, should be arranged to help channel investments into such, load levelling renewable energy infrastructure. This would make investing in fossil fuels unattractive, leading to massive uptake and rapid installation of (for example) mass produced, flat-packed, service stations - and compatible energy cartridges.


SmartNet is one example of a proposed system along the lines of 1-4 above, that may be used as a guide when utilities and vehicle makers are suitably encouraged to look for solutions.




Falling sales of diesel and petrol powered cars - new registrations





The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders estimates there are around 13 million diesel cars on UK roads, making up around 37.1 percent of total cars. A recent survey also found that only five percent of motorists would look at purchasing a new diesel vehicle.

They largely pointed to negative news about diesel vehicles, most notably the Dieselgate scandal.

Only 21 percent of used car buyers would consider a diesel vehicle.

As a result, many more potential car buyers are looking at more environmentally friendly options, which could potentially spell an end for diesel vehicles.

A spokesperson from LeaseElectricCar.co.uk told Express.co.uk that diesel cars may have run their course, especially with fuel prices rocketing.

They added: "There are a number of factors which have contributed to motorists' avoidance of petrol and diesel vehicles.

"The increase in fuel prices coupled with the increase in the availability has seen a huge surge in demand for both electric and hybrid vehicles.

"Cost of maintenance and environmental impact have also caused motorists to make the switch to electric.

"This is evidenced in the fact we have witnessed a 371 percent increase in demand for hybrid vehicles since the turn of the year - even in a time of global uncertainty and rising fuel prices.

"It is clear the UK has set its sights on the EV market, significantly pushing down the demand for petrol and diesel motors many years ahead of the 2030 ban."

According to the most recent RAC Fuel Watch data, diesel currently sits at 188.82p per litre, the highest ever recorded average price for the fuel.

This is more than 50p per litre more expensive than it was this time last year and more than 70p more expensive compared to prices in 2020.

Both the RAC and the AA have warned of prices continuing to rise as some areas of the UK have already seen petrol and diesel hitting 2 a litre.

A number of issues have been identified as causing people to shift away from both petrol and diesel, in addition to high fuel costs.

The Government is set to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, with a similar ban including hybrid cars being introduced five years later.

A ban on diesel car sales will also apply in Europe from 2035, after Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of banning ICE vehicles.

Emissions-based charging zones are also taking a toll on petrol and diesel car ownership.

For most Clean Air Zones, Low Emission Zones and the London ULEZ, a car needs to be a Euro 4 petrol model or younger or Euro 6 diesel model to comply with the emissions standards.

With plans to introduce more Clean Air Zones, as well as the proposed 2023 ULEZ expansion, some drivers may be priced off the road.

In the case of the London ULEZ, the AA estimated that a third of car owners could be priced off the road by daily charges.

The plans to extend the zone to almost all of Greater London would see thousands of diesel car owners affected, requiring them to pay 12.50 every day just to drive.





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