Concerns caravanning industry ‘may not survive’ after ban of petrol vehicles


There are fears that the Government is not taking into account the impact the ban will have on the caravanning industry. The Government is planning on banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035, with a further ban on hybrid cars coming in 2035.

The shorter time scale also means car manufacturers may not see towing capacity as a priority when they make new vehicles.

It may even lead to more caravan owners to keep their older models, which may be less efficient and lead to more emissions being spread.

If more electric caravans are not produced, many may give up on caravanning altogether, which could lead to a large drop in UK tourism numbers.

It is estimated that there are over 555,000 caravans in the UK, with more than two million people going on holiday in a caravan or motorhome every year.

Paul Biggs, the environmental spokesperson for the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD), commented on the impact the ban could have on caravan owners. 

He said: “The ABD believes that the Government should allow free market forces to decide when and how internal combustion engine vehicles should be replaced rather than dictating a single preferred option.

“We are also concerned that existing petrol/diesel vehicles will face a regime of increasing taxation in order to remove them from the roads sooner rather than later. 

“This risks devaluing vehicles years ahead of 2030 or 2035. Battery EVs are not a panacea for emission reductions or a total like-for-like replacement.

 

“It’s not clear how the likes of the caravan and van-based motorhome industry will survive with heavier, short range electric vehicles.”

The ABD also found that a Tesla Model X can tow around 2250kg, but when tested with a smaller 680kg caravan, it spent three hours charging and the range was reduced by half.

Some electric campervans are available, but are not priced at a mainstream level.

The Iridium E-Mobile Electric Motorhome does boast a range of 249 miles on one charge, but its reported price stands at around €200,000.



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