Are the UK and U.S. Heading in Different Directions When It Comes to Electric Cars? Maybe…

Being a Brit by birth and a an immigrant to the U.S., I’ve been paying close attention in recent weeks to the way in which the UK and the U.S. are now apparently differing in their attitudes toward plug-in vehicles. The U.S., under the new administration, has seemingly lost some of its drive toward promoting plug-in cars, while the UK, now struggling to find a replacement vehicle technology to promote after Diesel’s fall from grace, has doubled down on plug-in vehicles.
The results? We’re already starting to see the UK accelerate its plug-in market share while the U.S. (or rather EV advocates) worry about the future for the world of plug-in cars now that fuel standards are expected to be rolled back.

But will the two countries ever end up on the same track? Will the apparent paths now set by European countries and the U.S. now seal their fate, or is there still time for things to change?

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  • Martin Lacey

    The zero emission states have led the world in EV mandates and pushed us to the point of no return. Whilst mass adoption is still a few years out, the genie is out of the bottle and won’t go back in. Conversely the diesel pollution debate has also moved the EU in particular to move towards an EV future and with several capitol cities around the world banning diesels from 2020 and nations like Norway legislating for all new vehicles being zero emissions by 2025 the future for us all is looking bright.

    GM’s sale of the Opel/Vauxhall brands, despite the rhetoric is the death knell for their brand in Europe and signals the sea change you allude to in today’s vlog. I wonder if or how the FCA alliance will hold up as major markets diverge and leave the US in Trumps Utopian isolation?

    Four years of this presidency could lead to huge job losses in the US autosector and a game of catch up for an industry which in many ways has led the world.

  • Farmer_Dave

    Watch California.

    California has a preemptive right to set its own emission standards, and has led the US in the standards for decades. The state is also the largest market for new vehicles in the country.

    One thing manufacturers hate is having to build products differently for different markets, and they don’t want to cut off their largest market, so they build vehicles to meet California’s Clean Air standards. In addition there are several other states that adhere to the standards set CARB, the California Air Resources Board.

    I’ve often thought the EPA just tags along with CARB on vehicle emissions, so we shall see what actually happens.