I'm actually not living in the UK. British folks out there, what do you think and what do you feel, is it a political statement from the PM or is it gonna be real? As I understood, even hybrid ICE would be banned by this rule, leaving only EVs and hydrogen vehicles and whatever it would be at that time, eligible?
I'm actually inclined to believe that this is genuine. The target set by the previous PM a couple of years ago was 2040 not-including hybrids - that was something I did interpret as more of an easy and far away political statement to make. It meant little other than signalling an intended direction.
However, bringing that to 2030 and including hybrids to that in around 2035-2040 (this being the more critical/debatable deadline date here) is something which actually requires the groundwork to be laid by the current government within their current term in office. Stakeholders will actually have to hold them to account on it.
In the aspect of electric racing, I don't believe FE would evolve by any significant degree in 9 years time. They are 6 years down the road and still as mediocre as ever, IMO.
Between 2014 and 2020 Formula E has gone from:
Race power: 150 kW -> 200 kW
Regen power: 100 kW -> 250 kW
Capacity: 28 kWh -> 54 kWh
Stint length: ~25 mins -> 45 mins +1 lap
Weight: 880 kg -> 900 kg
Most of the improvements went into ending the mid-race car swaps. However, Gen3 specs for 2022/23 announced fairly recently will change as follows:
Race power: 200 kW -> 300 kW
Regen power: 250 kW -> 600 kW (that's not a typo)
Capacity: 54kWh -> ~54 kWh
Weight: 900kg -> 780kg
Then, under current plans, we will see Gen4 come into use around 2026/2027 and run to 2030. So the question really is what do you define as 'significant'?
Edited by Ben1445, 17 November 2020 - 16:55.