Banning Petrol by 2035 – what does this mean for classic cars?


Banning Petrol - Lanes Cars

Banning Petrol Cars by 2035 what does this mean for the classic car movement?

LANES CARS - View of the Government’s plan to bring FORWARD its policy of Banning Fossil Fuel by 2035.

Reading an article I have recently seen from Lancaster’s NEC Discovery Live show, which is happening in November 2020 at the NEC Classic Car Show, I can agree with all three points of views by Honest Johns, Richard Hudson and Mike Brewers.

However, my view is a combination of all three.

Firstly, let’s look at Honest Johns view, the ban could actually be good news for the majority of classics, HJC said: “After all, with no petrol and diesel vehicles leaving the showroom after 2040, where will petrolheads get their fix? From older cars, of course. If manufacturers are smart, this could lead to the creation of heritage experience and driving days giving people the chance to relive the former glories of the internal combustion engine.

Yes, I agree this is opportunity for manufacturers to create heritage programs showing that they were responsible for some of the most Iconic Automotive designs, along with advancements in safety leading to the dawn of the 21st century that will continue to be used in their green technologies and new drive trains that they are now developing for the future of motoring.

You can also see that from Honest Johns point of view that historic car manufacturers will become major sponsors of Goodwood Revival and other major classic shows around the globe as they wish to celebrate their motoring history and connect with the drivers of their new green vehicles.

Classic Car Future Values and their Diverabilty


Secondly, Richard Hudson’s Doomsday Scenario, leading classic car auction analyst Richard Hudson Evans reported a different view to Classic Cars for Sale: “As the Judges force the Government to ban the sale of even new petrol cars, classic car auction price falls of unknown depths are very likely in the short term.

“While I fear a long term collapse in most values and, indeed, most of the market as we know it, maybe inevitable – as local authorities are empowered to tax and then ban old cars from even urban areas and fossil fuels are in very real danger of disappearing from what will be a dwindling number of forecourts.

“For if the elected politicians prevent you from driving your classic car where you want to go and you are unable to refuel it when you get there unless you have a motor museum, then there would appear to be little point in enforced ‘static ownership’ of a forever inactive artefact.”

My thoughts on this doomsday scenario is that you can see that historical manufacturers have already considered this a possibility, and already you have seen Jaguar taking their most Iconic model the Jaguar E Type to convert to an electric classic and have created the E Type Zero which unfortunately they have decided not to proceed with at present, Aston Martin is currently offering an Electric Conversion of their Classic DB6 which is a fully reversible conversion and VW are supplying an Electric Conversion for their Iconic Beetle through a select number of appointed agents.

Then there are already companies that spring to mind that are offering classic car electric conversions such a Classic Electric Cars for all makes and models, Charges Electric Classic Mustang, London Classics Morris Minors and Classic Land Rovers, Swindon Power trains Electric Classic Mini, Lunaz Design for Rolls Royce Phantoms and Jaguar XK120, Voitures Extravert for Classic Porsche 911.

RBW Electric Classic Cars small series EV manufacturer for whom I am an agent, their MD and founder Peter Swain has a safety-first company ethos policy, and are the worlds first Classic Car company to offer a fully homologated brand new Electric Classic Car with R100.01 Certification Electric Classic MGB recreations. that are registered as new with a worldwide manufactures warranty.

So I see that Classic Cars won’t be inactive artefact as Richard Hudson’s view, but will be converted and may be seen being driven more on a daily bases, as they will be far more reliable and usable than they currently are and still be considered a real investment for collectors that appreciate the Iconic designs of the 20th century.

On Richard Hudson’s point of dwindling petrol forecourts as legally you are only allowed to have your vehicle parked with a full tank of petrol and you are allowed to store up to 30 litres of petrol, providing it is not within 6 metres of a dwelling, this comprises of 20 litres in a metal container plus up to an additional 10 litres in two 5 litre plastic containers, and depending on how it is stored its shelf life is 3 and 6 months, further encouraging the Classic car owner to consider an electric classic car conversion as it is a plug and play option for a classic car driver.

So, having invested £126.00 in 21 gallons of petrol at £6.00 a gallon and assuming that your classic car has a 15-gallon fuel tank and you have an additional 6 gallons in containers and your classic car averages 18 miles to the gallon you have a range of 378 miles, with having converted your classic car to electric for the same sum of money you can charge you classic car 28 times at a cost of £4.50 per full charge and assume its 150 miles between charges, you can travel 4200 miles this is based on you paying circa £0.14p per unit for electricity.

EV - Charging

EV – Charging

With the decreasing number of forecourts predicted by Richard Hudson, there will be less range anxiety for those Classic Car owners in the future when using their beloved Classic Car as the EV charging infrastructure supersedes petrol forecourts.

 The Natioan Grid 

The Nationa Grid

The third view of Mike Brewers from Wheeler Dealers said: ”2040 is only 22 years away which is no time at all to come up with a solution. Think how long it feels since it was 1998 – it’s gone in a heartbeat!

“There is already a huge drain on the National Grid already and 80% of power stations are still coal-powered so its not even ‘clean energy’ they want to use. What about the disposal of batteries? Batteries that will need replacing in ten years and cost far more than the ones we use now. How do people afford that? This needs much more consideration and discussion before any action is taken.”

Once again, I agree with this which I believe must have been an off the cuff reply to Electric Cars, however, the National Grid can actually benefit from this move to Electric EV Charging as there are apps that allow you to profit from the Electric that is stored in your EV car by selling it back to the grid for a profit by agreeing to only charge your car to 80% and the remaining 20% put back into the grid as not all EV cars will be on charge at any one time.

Having attended the Auto Sport show at the NEC – in January and were guests of Midland Scanning who displayed one of RBW Electric Classic MGB Recreations on their stand, I happened to speak to an owner of a Renault Zoe who was making £50 – £70 a week by charging her car on a low rate pence per unit overnight and selling it back to the grid from her EV car during peak times during the day and they were also reducing their home electric use using their EV Car as a power pack using Octopus Electricity.

Most of the materials are recoverable from EV batteries and recycling surely must be good for all and life expediency of EV batteries is more in the region of 10 to 15 years.

There is an endless opportunity with this for the National Grid and Tesla are leading the way on this as well with their battery wall packs,  just as their EV range of Cars have been doing since 2010.

Classic Cars Future


So to sum up all three make valid points on the banning of fossil fuel by 2035, but the Classic Car Movement has proved it’s resilient to change over the decades and maybe for Classic Cars in the future there will be events for Heritage Cars were you may only have a temporary licence to drive to and from the event for petrolheads who want to enjoy all the smells and noise of a combustion engine and enjoy driving to places such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate motoring of yesteryear and for other Classic Cars Enthusiasts their enjoyment will come from appreciating the Classic Lines of an Iconic designed Cars that can be used daily by driving EV Classic’s with the freedom to still drive where they wish through emission zone or out on the open road without restrictions.

Martin Lane

Lanes Cars

Click here to see the Lancaster/ NEC 2020 article:

RBW - EV - Agent - Lanes Cars

RBW – EV – Agent – Lanes Cars



RBW LTD  EV -On Charge in Battersea London

RBW LTD EV -On Charge in Battersea London