Diesel hybrids could be a great choice for those not convinced by EVs

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The electric car revolution is taking Europe by storm. The sales of EVs are increasing year on year with Brits now registering over one million electric cars. However, some people are still not convinced by them. And with the 2035 ban on the sales of new petrol and diesel cars approaching, drivers will need to make some changes and look for alternative cars. 

With that in mind, Express.co.uk exclusively spoke to a motoring expert who suggested that diesel hybrids could be one of those alternatives. 

Dorry Potter, car and scrappage expert at National Scrap Car, said: “Due to the impending ban it is probably sensible if looking to purchase a new car that electric is the first priority.

“Charging an electric car at home costs about £15.10 for a full charge, to fill a diesel car with fuel it costs around £60.

“This means you could charge your EV four times for the same price.”

Ms Potter continued: “Electric cars are also less likely to depreciate in value by as much due to the ban on petrol and diesel only cars by 2030.

“This means if you were looking to sell on in a few years you won’t be as out of pocket as you would with a fuel dependent car.

“However, if a new car is not affordable, then looking into second-hand diesel hybrids would be a great alternative option.

“This gives motorists the diesel-levels of economy, but is able to switch to electric in order to cut down those diesel emissions, and as these vehicles are self charging, there will be no additional charging costs on top of the fuel too meaning fuel will last longer and emissions will be down.”

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The biggest issue preventing the EV uptake from exploding is the charging network, according to some experts. 

A recent study by car finance company Carmoola showed that as of now there are around 30,000 chargers across Britain.

This will need to be increased to at least 300,000 by 2035 for the country to meet its climate goals and accomodate EVs. 

Tom Hixon, Head of Instructor Support at Bill Plant Driving School, told Express.co.uk: “According to recent data for the month end August 2022, Greater London accounts for a 32 percent share of UK EV charging points – a stark contrast to the rest of the UK.

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“The problem is apparent, and earlier this year the Government committed £1.6billion to expand the UK’s charging network, with 300,000 public chargers expected to be ready by 2030.

“The UK ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will come into effect from 2030, followed by hybrid car sales being completely outlawed from 2035.

“At this moment, it is suggested that the UK will need the 300,000 new charging points in planning at the very least by 2035 to meet the phase-out of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, and more incentives need to be put in place for EV’s to even enter the thinking of much of the general public – and sooner rather than later.”

The UK is ranked at number six in Europe for the number of electric car chargers.

Currently, Britain offers drivers 16 chargers for every 100 square kilometres or a total of 30,034 points.

With around 381,163 electric motors on British roads that means there are 10 cars for every charging point.

When it comes to other European nations, it is the Netherlands that leads the way.

The study by Carmoola showed the country has a total of 90,284 charging points – that’s around 242 for every 100 square kilometres of land.

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