UK SMMT chairman Mike Hawes reiterates the importance of Britain's engine industry and warns of risks associated with new EV legislation
Jim Holder
30 January 2018

The benefits of the latest combustion engines should not be overlooked in the rush to promote electrified powertrains, Mike Hawes, chairman of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) has warned.

While acknowledging the dramatic growth in registrations for hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars in 2017, with figures rising more than 130%, Hawes cautioned that they still represented less than 5% of the total market, suggesting that a transitional period is required.

"The growth in alternatively fuelled registrations is a huge positive, and we need to be at the forefront of new technologies and push hard to be leaders there, but any action needs to be conducted in a sustainable way that takes the consumer and legislation with it,” said Hawes.

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"The UK is renowned for its combustion engine technology - at its most extreme, in Formula 1, where the world's most efficient engine is produced in the UK - and it would be crazy to throw that know-how away in a mad dash given the levels of consumer acceptance at the moment. The demand for the alternatives is not on the same level today, and needs to be built in a sustainable fashion."

The Government is proposing to move its grant scheme for electrified vehicles to support battery-electric vehicles only, despite that sector of the market representing less than 1% of the market.

In addition, Hawes said that the SMMT is pushing for UK cities to adopt a uniform approach to creating low emission zones. While individual cities have individual powers to set limits, Hawes said that a “patchwork of regulations” that varied from city to city would damage consumer confidence in the right technologies to purchase, which he argued includes the latest petrol and diesel engines.

Hawes also highlighted that the adoption of the latest, Euro 6 compliant combustion engine technology on some bus routes in London had been proven to dramatically reduce localised pollution levels in recent weeks.

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30 January 2018

And the irony of it all is that all of the above is utterly futile while we allow wood burning stoves in clean air zones.  Even DEFRA have been duped into allowing these hateful things. 

Click on the link below if you are a wood burning stove owner still in denial.

30 January 2018
oaffie wrote:

And the irony of it all is that all of the above is utterly futile while we allow wood burning stoves in clean air zones.  Even DEFRA have been duped into allowing these hateful things. 

Click on the link below if you are a wood burning stove owner still in denial.

Just filled my log basket. Enjoying the read over a coffee in front of the stove.

30 January 2018
Marc wrote:
oaffie wrote:

And the irony of it all is that all of the above is utterly futile while we allow wood burning stoves in clean air zones.  Even DEFRA have been duped into allowing these hateful things. 

Click on the link below if you are a wood burning stove owner still in denial.

Just filled my log basket. Enjoying the read over a coffee in front of the stove.

 

Great, but if youre one of those people vociferously knocking the diesel engine whilst enjoying your stove and the far worse amount of polution its making, then you are an ENORMOUS hypocrite.

XXXX just went POP.

30 January 2018
typos1 wrote:

Marc wrote:
oaffie wrote:

And the irony of it all is that all of the above is utterly futile while we allow wood burning stoves in clean air zones.  Even DEFRA have been duped into allowing these hateful things. 

Click on the link below if you are a wood burning stove owner still in denial.

Just filled my log basket. Enjoying the read over a coffee in front of the stove.

Great, but if youre one of those people vociferously knocking the diesel engine whilst enjoying your stove and the far worse amount of polution its making, then you are an ENORMOUS hypocrite.

Never been loud about it, don't really care for the hype.  I now just waft along in my petrol electric.

30 January 2018
Marc wrote:

typos1 wrote:

Marc wrote:
oaffie wrote:

And the irony of it all is that all of the above is utterly futile while we allow wood burning stoves in clean air zones.  Even DEFRA have been duped into allowing these hateful things. 

Click on the link below if you are a wood burning stove owner still in denial.

Just filled my log basket. Enjoying the read over a coffee in front of the stove.

Great, but if youre one of those people vociferously knocking the diesel engine whilst enjoying your stove and the far worse amount of polution its making, then you are an ENORMOUS hypocrite.

Never been loud about it, don't really care for the hype.  I now just waft along in my petrol electric.

One other point. Any idea where I can get a few monkeys?  Might put them on top of chimney, see what happens.

30 January 2018
oaffie wrote:

And the irony of it all is that all of the above is utterly futile while we allow wood burning stoves in clean air zones.  Even DEFRA have been duped into allowing these hateful things. 

Click on the link below if you are a wood burning stove owner still in denial.

I think you're on the wrong webite, you need WhatStove

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

30 January 2018
xxxx wrote:

oaffie wrote:

And the irony of it all is that all of the above is utterly futile while we allow wood burning stoves in clean air zones.  Even DEFRA have been duped into allowing these hateful things. 

Click on the link below if you are a wood burning stove owner still in denial.

I think you're on the wrong webite, you need WhatStove

Wonder what he thinks about the handful of steam engines still in operation, their Co2km must be in the 10's thousands. Perhaps we should get some monkeys...

30 January 2018

Seems to me that the SMMT is trying to defend the indefensible.

Instead of trying to protect the diesel, which everyone know is dying, wouldn't it be better to lobby hard for investment in electrification for British companies?

Seems to me that the SMMT has forgotten that it should be pushing hard for the UK to become a leader, not a luddite.

30 January 2018
soldi wrote:

Seems to me that the SMMT is trying to defend the indefensible.

Instead of trying to protect the diesel, which everyone know is dying, wouldn't it be better to lobby hard for investment in electrification for British companies?

Seems to me that the SMMT has forgotten that it should be pushing hard for the UK to become a leader, not a luddite.

I didn't see any reference to diesel in the article. Where do you think you saw one?

30 January 2018
Cé hé sin wrote:

soldi wrote:

Seems to me that the SMMT is trying to defend the indefensible.

Instead of trying to protect the diesel, which everyone know is dying, wouldn't it be better to lobby hard for investment in electrification for British companies?

Seems to me that the SMMT has forgotten that it should be pushing hard for the UK to become a leader, not a luddite.

I didn't see any reference to diesel in the article. Where do you think you saw one?

Paragraph 6, CNTL F 'Diesel'.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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