The UK government has approved the use of new petrol vehicles in its new transport system, but only if they are fuelled with “asphalt shingle” as a means of protecting pavements.
The UK’s first petrol-electric hybrid vehicle (PEV) will be produced in 2018.
However, the government’s plan for the new vehicle, which will be a “miniature” electric vehicle, does not envisage a full electric fleet.
Instead, it is expected that the vehicle will have only one petrol-driven electric motor and two electric batteries, with the latter capable of charging for a maximum of two hours.
The PEV will be capable of travelling at up to 60mph and a maximum speed of 130mph (209km/h).
The government also wants PEVs to be used for public transit, as the current diesel fleet is not efficient enough.
“Our PEVs are designed to transport vehicles at high speeds and high speeds of up to 200mph, which is a lot of power and a lot more than a standard petrol vehicle,” said John Crampton, the minister for transport, during a media briefing.
“But at the moment we can’t do all of those things, because we don’t have the right equipment to do it.”‘
The right technology’The PEVs will have four petrol engines, which have a combined capacity of 3,200bhp and 2,500lb ft (3,200hp and 1,500 lb ft), and two of the four will be petrol-electrics.
The remaining engine is expected to be an electric motor, capable of a maximum range of 100km (62 miles), which will have a range of up