The Future Of Diesel/Petrol Motorhomes & Campers
Diesel motorhomes in the UK are going to be banned from 2030. Manufacturers will have until the year 2050 to change their production lines from diesel and petrol to motorhomes that give off no CO2 emissions.
The UK government are making the change to try and align their actions with the Paris summit, where the aim is to try and ensure that the temperature rise on the planet doesn’t exceed two degrees Celsius. The government hope that from 2050, there will be no vehicles that emit CO2.
Are Manufacturers halting the Production of Diesel Motorhomes?
Right now, it looks like manufacturers are going to carry on building and selling diesel motorhomes and campers. They will likely do so for years to come. Some believe that this could be right up until the deadline in 2030.
If the demand is still there for diesel, then it would seem that the transition from diesel to electric is going to be very gradual. If you want to buy a brand-new diesel motorhome in 8 years’ time, you probably won’t have a problem doing so.
Will an Electric Camper Be Suitable for Me Right Now?
The main drawback with an electric vehicle right now is the range. Current electrical chassis that carry the weight of a motorhome have a range of around 100 miles. That being said, unless you are in the market for a new motorhome right now, you have to remember that 10 years is a long time for technology. New batteries are being developed all the time and by the year 2030, things are likely to be much more developed and higher in efficiency.
What Will Happen to the Value of my Current Diesel Motorhome?
If you have a motorhome right now, then you need to know that the value will probably remain the same. Even though the news is saying that diesel is being phased out, that doesn’t mean that you should be in a rush to sell the camper you have now.
As mentioned above, motorhome manufacturers are continuing to make and develop diesel motorhomes, so the value of your current investment won’t have depreciated as the result of this movement.
Will Petrol And Diesel Motorhomes Be Scrapped?
The intention of the ban is to make sure that no vehicle that emits CO2 is in circulation by the year 2050. In other words, if you still have a diesel motorhome by the year 2050 then you will have to scrap your vehicle. That being said, that is nearly 30 years away, so don’t be in a rush to trade in the camper you have now, and don’t deter from buying one if you feel as though the electric options out there don’t suit your requirements.
As mentioned above, the change is going to be gradual, and the time will come for you to make the switch.
Hydrogen Power and Motorhomes
The power of hydrogen is one of the fastest-developing technologies out there. It is very much suited to heavier vehicles such as lorries, buses and even trains.
There are a lot of hydrogen-powered cars out there today so it wouldn’t be surprising to see hydrogen-powered motorhomes in the future. Some of them may start to surface in as little as 10 years’ time and the refuelling times are much closer to what you would spend filling up your tank with diesel at the petrol station.
Used Motorhomes and Value
Nobody can know what the value of a motorhome will be in the future. There are going to be plenty of electric campers by the year 2030 but right now it looks like the price is not too affected. In other words, if you have a camper now, don’t be worried about selling it.
If you are in the market for a camper, don’t worry too much about avoiding diesel. If you intend to buy one in five or so years, it could be worth holding out to see if you can get a decent electric model or a hydrogen-powered one. If you can do this, then you will soon see that it is easier than ever for you to make sure that you get the right vehicle for your needs.
So, this guide should tell you everything you need to know about investing in a diesel motorhome or camper van. Why not see if you could get finance for an electric model today, or try and explore the idea of purchasing a diesel motorhome before the new laws come into place? Either way, right now, you have options and that is always a good thing.
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