According to CCC (the Committee on Climate Change), SUVs emit more CO2 than conventional cars and contribute in rising harmful emissions.
The popularity of Sports Utility Vehicles has been growing in recent years. This cancels out emissions savings from improvements in technology.
The CCC’s report comes in response to the UK Government’s Road to Zero strategy published not so long ago. It strives for zero emission level in cars sold in the country from 2040.
While this strategy is focused on ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) with carbon dioxide’s exhaust below 75 g/km, no measures are taken to restrain the fast growth of higher emitting SUV market.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), large and heavy SUVs emit on average 141.2 g/km of CO2. For comparison: smaller cars, like the VW Gold, emit 115.8 g/km, the vehicles like the Mercedes C-Class have emissions of 121.6 g/km.
The CCC’s CEO Chris Stark believes there should be a “rebalancing away from the highest polluting vehicle”.
The SMMT’s CEO Mike Hawes advocates the SUVs, saying:
SUVs are an increasingly popular choice, valued for their style, practicality, higher ride and commanding view of the road.
Mr. Hawes also adds SUVs have become cleaner in recent years. To lower harmful emissions automakers invest significant funds in advanced engine and battery technology, lightweight materials and aero-dynamics.
Source: Auto Express
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