Stop arguing. Let’s focus on making post-2030 fun.
How do we remember and champion this golden era?
It’s 2045 in the English countryside. As dawn settles over the rolling hills of Wiltshire, a faint roar can be heard in the distance.
In a nearby village, a man cloaked in a black tracksuit pokes out his front door. He looks left and right; his ears open like some nocturnal fox. Scampering around to his garage, he gently opens the doors. He gets into his electric hatchback, parked in-front, and reverses back to attach a trailer box.
At the aid of the battery-powered car, the man drives out the village silently towards the roar.
When he finally draws closer, on the cusp of a hill he looks down at endless fields of tracks, tepees and dust clouds. There are shimmers of light from the crafted metalwork below. And the man draws a smile, for it is glued together by that most back tingling sound: internal combustion.
This is the annual Day of Engines. Or at least, it is in my mind, where I am imaging what happens in the years after the ICE ban comes in.
Because, while many people on DriveTribe and elsewhere have been debating about whether the ban is good or bad. Too early or not soon enough. A headline grabber or genuine sensible politics. I am thinking about beyond 2030.
I agree, 2030 seems quite abrupt. And yes, I’m absolutely certain that the whole ’10 point’ green plan was because of our upcoming Climate Summit. But, while I do believe there will be inevitable delays, worrying reports about the infrastructure, protests, MP witterings and everything else. A ban will happen at some point.
So, rather than fight an uphill battle, how do we ensure we do not forget this golden era? And what can we do to ensure the future is just as brilliant?
I’d like to start by offering three ideas:
1. Day of Engines
The Internal Combustion Engine has had such an enormous impact on our planet. It can trace its history back to the first industrial revolution in the Victorian Era, and we cannot let its achievements and beauty simply fade away.
While there are already – at least pre-covid – countless car festivals and fairs across the UK, I believe a special sort of remembrance day should be dedicated to it. And on that day, I think we could show our children the roar of V8s, the craftwork of super sports cars and the joy that came from good old mucking about in a field.
2. British Driver’s Society of Motoring
It strikes me the biggest concern by motoring enthusiasts is that EV’s are going to be really dull. And that already manufacturers seem rudderless. Not only that but pricing, tax and infrastructure could be a big hindrance.
We can’t spend 10 years whining about it on forums like this. It should be us that starts acting as the bastions of fun and consumer interests in motoring. In isolation, manufacturers and governments just don’t listen to people. They do however listen to groups. Much like how through history manufacturers have fostered owner clubs which helped shape them, perhaps we need to form a lobby group to defend the interests of actual drivers as we do this transition.
I’ve come up with the name ‘British Driver’s Society of Motoring’. Or BDSM for short.
3. Micro Manufacturing
I believe this fast move to EV could create the perfect opportunity for small entrants to the market. And they should be strongly encouraged. Right now, only a few big brands operate EVs, but perhaps we’ll see more companies like Rimac be created in the future. It’s this area which I think will be the most fascinating for us (motoring folk) over the next decade.
And as Britain is going to be one of the first to get rid of the ICE, perhaps this could mean a big rejuvenation for British innovation.
Anyway, that's my two cents on this debate.