End of Petrol and Diesel Cars?

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End of Petrol and Diesel Cars?

Post by ElNumbre on Tue 25 Jul 2017 - 22:51

According to reports, the government is to announce the end of sales of petrol and diesel engine cars by 2040. Assuming most cars have a 10-15 year life, I hope fuel stations will be around until well into the mid century.

However, it does raise the prospect of how we keep classic cars running. The complexity of converting from leaded to unleaded was hard enough on classic car owners - if you can't buy fuel, then you can't run an infernal combustion engine. Whilst diesel cars can run on other fuels, I'm not aware of an alternative for petrol.

I've always thought the Wind would make a great electric car platform. Lots of battery space in the front and boot, and a RWD electric driven variant would be most exciting. However,I expect the convertion cost would be eye-watering.

It would be a shame to think there would be no mobile Winds in 30 years time, relegated probably to just the Renault museum. Maybe I need to write to my MP.

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Post by pittstop on Fri 28 Jul 2017 - 13:51

From what I've read there seems to be some confusion as to whether new cars after 2040 must be pure electric or whether plug in hybrids will be allowed to ease concerns re range. If hybrids will still exist then there must still be some petrol stations.

Older diesels will run on other fuels but these tend to be much more polluting that modern diesel fuel so I doubt that would be condoned.

I remember fitting an "unleaded head" to my MGBGT. The lead in petrol; as well as raising the octane rating; also protected the original valves & seats from degradation. This head had had hardened valves & valve seats & was easy to fit as on such cars you could actually get at the head easily to remove it.

To prevent pre ignition with the lower octane fuel it was necessary to retard the ignition slightly with a corresponding slight loss of efficiency. I compensated for this with a "high efficiency" straight through exhaust system! Sounded good too!!!
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Post by ElNumbre on Fri 4 Aug 2017 - 20:21

It seems there might be a future - Electric Classic Cars a Welsh company has started doing proper conversions of fossil fuel cars to electric.

Robert Llewellyn (Kryton off of Red Dwarf) has done a feature on a Porsche 911 conversion on his most recent 'Fully Charged' Youtube show.



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Post by johntymac on Sat 5 Aug 2017 - 15:12

sunny cheers

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