Concerns caravanning industry ‘may not survive’ after ban of petrol vehicles

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There are fears that the Government is not taking into account the impact the ban will have on the caravanning industry. The Government is planning on banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035, with a further ban on hybrid cars coming in 2035.

There remains a distinct lack of electric caravans or motorhomes up for sale.

Earlier this week, Volkswagen revealed their new ID Buzz, an electric motorhome, which is set to boost their evolving electric vehicle range. 

It is set to have twin electric motors and have a remarkable range of 370 miles.

The German car manufacturer predicted that electric vehicles would be cheaper than petrol by 2030.

Volkswagen have also produced a concept electric campervan, the Type 20, a modern version of the Type 2 Microbus, which was first manufactured in 1962.

But the concept has a long way to go before it’s commercially available and functional enough to support frequent long journeys. 

The National Caravan Council warned that the ban will have serious consequences on the caravanning industry.

They said that developing an affordable range of EV’s that are capable of towing a family-sized caravan before 2030 is a huge challenge.

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The shorter time scale also means car manufacturers may not see towing capacity as a priority when they make new vehicles.

It may even lead to more caravan owners to keep their older models, which may be less efficient and lead to more emissions being spread.

If more electric caravans are not produced, many may give up on caravanning altogether, which could lead to a large drop in UK tourism numbers.

It is estimated that there are over 555,000 caravans in the UK, with more than two million people going on holiday in a caravan or motorhome every year.

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