Following the government’s decision to delay the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars until 2035, car dealers in the UK expressed mixed reactions. While some are concerned about the impact on their business plans, others believe it was never viable in the first place.
However, some traders such as Peter Vardy and Tony Roberts express concern that this decision will complicate matters and deter future investment in the UK. The announcement of the delay has also raised questions about consumer confidence in electric vehicles. Tony Roberts points out that the current market share of electric cars, which is around 16-17%, suggests that consumers lack confidence in purchasing electric vehicles. A lack of charging infrastructure and higher prices for electric vehicles are cited as deterrents for potential buyers.
Despite mixed reactions, most dealers believe the transition to electric vehicles is inevitable, although it may take longer than initially expected. Sean Kelly of the BMW Dealer Group and Mini Vines says driving forces such as supply, demand and ease of use will be key factors in the full introduction of electric vehicles into the market.
In light of the announcement, some dealers, such as TrustFord’s Stuart Mustoe, believe the government should reintroduce incentives for electric car purchases and accelerate the rollout of public charging infrastructure to support the transition to electric vehicles.
Overall, the delay in banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles has led to disagreements among car dealers. While some remain optimistic about the future of electric vehicles, others express concerns about the impact on their companies and the industry as a whole.