Lively discussions about 2030 ICE cutoff
Fresh from MIA #EEMS2023, SPAL Automotive UK MD, Matthew Morris is still buzzing from the presentations by motorsport industry experts about what the journey to net zero means for motorsport and understanding the role of SPAL high-performance fans in that context; especially with the expansion of petrol hybrid racing.
An important event for SPAL UK to attend
“Although motorsport is a smaller sector focus for SPAL, the event is still important to attend since major developments and breakthroughs in safety and efficiency in motorsport are, more often than not, subsequently adopted by the global automotive sector.
The journey to net zero
“The event had a slightly different format to previous years but there were some fascinating discussions around how the upcoming deadlines will affect motorsport.
“The consensus was that the date was unrealistic for the UK partly as the country is nowhere near to achieving the necessary charging infrastructure for going fully electric at scale.
“For the European market, car makers are undecided on the type of future models to develop, city cars, executive or SUVs. It’s a difficult time for them especially with the ‘push back’ against the deadlines by some of the major European manufacturers.
“It was interesting to hear from the panel that some European manufacturers are putting considerable funding into alternative fuels.
Matthew concludes: “The road to net zero seems set to be a more winding route than anticipated and will invariably take more time but there is no shortage of inventive ideas and motivation within the motorsport industry to keep going.”