Motorists are being urged to be one step ahead of the renewables game following the Scottish Government’s announcement it is committed to electric vehicles by phasing out petrol and diesel cars by 2032.
The managing director of AES Solar, the longest established solar company in Europe has backed the plans to replace vehicles powered by fossil fuels with electric alternatives.
He warned drivers to make sure they will be able to charge their vehicles from renewable resources to combat the increased demand for electricity.
Electric vehicle plan is forward-thinking
George Goudsmit explained: “This is great news for Scotland and the fact that the Scottish Government plans to phase out new fossil fuel cars and vans eight years before the rest of the UK shows what a forward-thinking country we live in. I am urging people to be forward-thinking in their own planning for this initiative as well.
“However simply charging electric vehicles with fossil fuels defeats the environmental purpose. Also, the further damned for EVs combined with rising electricity costs will inevitably lead to price hikes. Motorists can plan for all of this by installing solar panels, battery storage and electric charging points now. Solar panels offset electricity prices and have the potential to generate additional income for those with government incentives. This, in turn, could help the customer buy their first electric vehicle.”
Be prepared for electric vehicle upsurge
He added: “The appetite for electric vehicles is gathering pace and this announcement means there will be more momentum. It will undoubtedly change the buying habits of consumers very quickly. The move to EVs means that electricity consumption will go up, so we are urging people to invest in Solar PV now.”
“Solar panels and electric cars are perfectly matched. The technology is here to be able to provide power for your home and charge your EV. However, most people can’t afford the capital costs of both at the same time. Therefore, people will get the best deal by investing now. There are also plenty of incentives and grants available from organisations such as the Energy Savings Trust. Being prepared is the key.
“Embracing this now will ensure people will have free electricity to run these vehicles when they become compulsory.”
Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement will see Scotland fall in line with cities and countries which have announced similar plans.