A boom in the popularity of SUVs in Europe threatens to cancel out the environmental benefits from the growth in electric cars, reports have warned. The pressure group Transport & Environment, which represents European non-profits, said that 39 per cent of cars bought in the first half of 2020 were SUVs, up from just four per cent in 2001. The report praised a growth in electric car sales, which reached eight per cent of the market in the first half of this year. But it said the figures “mask successive failures to cut vehicle CO2 emissions over the past few years,” as carmakers pushed polluting but lucrative SUVs.
Telegraph 13th Oct 2020 read more »
The UK could “run out” of electric cars next year as motor manufacturers prioritise the sale of vehicles in mainland Europe, according to research. A study published yesterday said that a failure to introduce tough new carbon dioxide emissions targets would give motor manufacturers “no incentive” to sell green vehicles in Britain. The research by Transport & Environment, the Brussels-based campaign group, said that without new regulations overall sales of electric cars in the UK could drop by as much as a fifth next year. It said that companies would be encouraged to sell a far higher share of vehicles in the European Union to avoid crippling fines.
Times 13th Oct 2020 read more »