The future of diesel campervans?
From 2035, there’ll be a ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel or hybrid vans in the UK. That’s the plan anyway.
So with just 15 years to go, what does that mean for campervans and motorhomes? One possibility is that sales will go up now as people decide to realise their camping dreams earlier on.
Manufacturers, though, are getting worried because they rely on base vans from Volkswagen, Fiat and so on, and these – apart from one Nissan electric – are all diesel-powered.
VW’s concept SUV/campervan, the ID Buzz, is at least two years away. It’s actually quite akin to the Beach in its versatility. However, the problem is not so much the availability of electric campervans, but more the availability of charging points.
Fine if you’re tootling round town, but that’s not how most people use their vans. How will we tour long-distance in more remote and rural areas?
Obviously, tackling the climate crisis takes priority over people having a few nice holidays. So, we’re hoping for some effective solutions over the next 10 years. That’ll come partly from us campervanners rethinking our trips and putting some effort into handling the necessary changes. And we’re hoping especially for some serious investment in electric-charging, better batteries and vehicle design.
We’ll keep you posted.
Nissan’s E-NV200 has a range of around 125 miles (187 in the city). Would that work for you?
The VW ID Buzz is concept-only, but the heartening news is that manufacturers are taking things seriously. Will the charging infrastructure keep pace, though?