So what does what does the planned ban sales of all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 have on our beloved classic cars
Of course there are differing opinions some say calamity, other are less pessimistic and some see opportunity. As my two pennies worth is I cannot see petrol forecourts closing overnight and nor can I foresee millions of petrol and diesel cars vanishing from our roads on 31st December 2039.
Who can predict with certainty; but I would suggest that we will not see the demise of petrol for decades and that the new technologies are likely to be developed that will address emissions and pollutants retrospectively …they already exist for diesels. Typically, diesel retrofit involves the addition of an emission control device to remove emissions from the engine exhaust. Retrofits can be very effective at reducing emissions, eliminating up to 90 percent of pollutants in some cases.
But there are other alternatives look at these RE’s
Repowering involves replacing an existing engine with a new engine. This strategy is most effective for use in diesel-powered equipment with a useful life longer than that of the engine. Repowering provides an opportunity to install a new engine (or a new engine equipped with exhaust emission controls) that meets much lower emission standards than the original engine, often in conjunction with fuel economy benefits and lower maintenance costs. Repowering can also include converting diesel-powered equipment to electrical power.
All diesel equipment requires periodic maintenance. Routine maintenance and repairs help to ensure that engines operate at maximum performance and emission rates do not exceed the designed standard. Major maintenance intervals provide an opportunity to have the engine rebuilt using more modern, cleaner parts and exhaust emission controls that provide an immediate emission reduction benefit.
A variety of alternative fuels can be used in diesel engines. Some require little or no modification to the engine while others require engine conversion or replacement. Some of the alternative fuels include emulsified diesel, biodiesel, natural gas, propane and ethanol. In addition to these fuels, use of diesel fuel with lower sulfur content can help to reduce emissions.
Replacement involves retiring higher polluting equipment from service before it would otherwise be retired. Newer equipment that meets more stringent emission standards is purchased to replace the retire equipment, sometimes in conjunction with retrofit devices or alternative fuels