The UK government has banned the sale of new petrol or diesel vehicles in the UK from 2030. And it seems many manufacturers have chosen electric vehicles as the way forward. Electric vehicles have a battery that can be used either on their own or with the assistance of a petrol or diesel engine (hybrid). An electric vehicle is often heavier than a traditional combustion engine vehicle as the battery required to power a car is significant. As technology improves the size of the battery is getting smaller and therefore lighter.
Fully electric vehicles for many years were expensive to purchase and had limited mileage capabilities, this meant for many people it wasn’t realistic to move to a vehicle powered solely by electricity. As we move towards that key UK deadline, manufacturers have invested huge amounts of money and research into electric cars and now can reach over 350 miles in just one charge. With the technology built into an electric vehicle and the reliability that comes with fewer moving parts, there is less of a need for a human to manually change gear. The automatic transmission system is now just as efficient if not more so in some cases. The cost of an electric vehicle is still going to be an issue for many people, but as more competition enters the market, more affordable models are being produced.
The team here at RED is already preparing for a world where our cars are mostly electric and therefore automatic. However, this will be a gradual process and we want to mirror demand rather than force a learner’s hand.
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In the initial years, it’s unlikely that learning to drive an automatic electric vehicle will be any cheaper than a manual. In fact, it will likely be more expensive than learning in a manual. Whilst the cost of running the car is less, the cost of purchase still significantly outweighs that benefit and therefore requires us to charge more. At RED you will find that automatic driving lessons are more expensive than lessons in a manual vehicle. The balance to this is that we’d hope that without the complexity of the clutch and changing gears you would take fewer lessons to reach test standards. We can’t guarantee this as everyone is different and develops at a different pace, but traditionally this has been the case.
The next step for vehicle development especially within the tech world is autonomous vehicles. We’ve already seen the early stages of this with brands like Tesla, however, there’s no doubt more brands will be investing in this technology moving forward. A question we get sometimes here at RED is ‘do I even need to learn to drive if all cars will drive themselves eventually?’. Well, the simple and short answer is YES! Put quite simply, this technology is still new and therefore still relatively untested and expensive. Things like legal responsibility if there’s an incident and the mix between autonomous vehicles and manually controlled vehicles still need work to understand. For years to come, we believe there will be a requirement for human intervention or at least human ability to take control if required.