Written on January 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm
Although fully electric and advanced hybrid vehicles dominate the headlines in the motoring press, it is difficult to see that either will have a significant impact on the UK vehicle parc in the short term. The challenges over the investment required to convert the national infrastructure to support fully electric vehicles, let alone the environmental impact to charge them for several hours a day, means that it is no ‘quick fix’ for the entire vehicle parc. There is also a huge question mark over the environmental credentials of both fully electric and advanced hybrids as the cost to produce and recycle just the batteries they utilise is substantial.
The logical conclusion for vehicle manufacturers (VMs) and motorists, both faced with the huge costs associated with developing and purchasing these ‘alternative fuel’ vehicles, is that vehicles based around the current technology will continue to dominate the market for many years to come. This will inevitably mean that the number fitted with Start-Stop systems will continue to rise, as it is currently the only affordable way for VMs to meet the emission reduction targets that legislation around the world is beginning to demand.
For battery suppliers, and distributors like Manbat, this will mean that the change from supplying mainly traditional flooded lead-acid to the EFB/AGM batteries required for Start-Stop vehicles will continue. However, with one in three of the 30 million plus cars on the UK’s roads estimated to be more than 10 years old, the vast majority of the service and repair work for the foreseeable future, will be with batteries that look and function in a familiar manner and also have the environmental benefit of achieving a recycling capacity of 99.97%!