Sales of electric vehicles rise by 144 per cent as diesel cars decline in popularity

In a depressed new car market, sales of electric vehicles rose by 144 per cent in 2019, while diesel models continued the sharp slide in popularity witnessed in recent years. Overall, Brexit uncertainties, weak consumer and business confidence and slow overall economic growth helped push new car sales down. Preliminary figures suggest a fall of

Average CO2 emissions of cars sold in UK up for third year in row

Popularity of SUVs and falling diesel sales hit Britain’s hopes of reaching climate targets The average carbon dioxide emissions of cars sold in the UK rose for the third year in a row during 2019 as falling diesel sales and the rising popularity of SUVs dealt a blow to Britain’s hopes of reaching climate targets.

Climate change: If you worry about global warming, the next car you buy should be electric

If you’re concerned about climate change, the next car you buy really should be electric. Why? Because the average car, SUV or light truck in the United States is on the road for 11.8 years. So vehicles bought this coming year will be part of the shift away from fossil fuels that climate scientists say

Are Electric Vehicles Actually Worse for the Environment than Combustion Engines?

With so many people claiming that electric vehicles are in fact bad for the environment, we take a look at the data. We’ve all seen it in the comments sections of social media posts. There are always a few people adamant that electric vehicles pollute more than internal combustion engine vehicles. At best, they claim

Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway

Transforming the way we travel is an essential part of tackling the climate crisis. The transport sector contributes about 20% of global carbon emissions. In the UK the figure is 33%, and the country has made virtually no progress in reducing emissions from transport. In many countries, they’re actually increasing. Electric vehicles are often hailed

Estate agents urged to tell buyers about air pollution

Estate agents have been urged to automatically disclose air pollution figures to home buyers. The industry trade body said providing this information should now be standard practice. “Air quality is now public information, and it will never not be again,” said Mark Hayward, chief executive of NAEA Propertymark. His comments came as a new website

Electric cars’ lifetime CO2 emissions half that of petrol and diesel

Study finds EVs are less polluting even after taking battery production into account Battery electric vehicles in the UK produce half the CO2 of a traditionally fuelled car, even when their battery production is taken into account, according to new research. A study from Imperial College London has found that the increased use of renewable

Electric vehicle pollution speculation ‘inconceivable’, new research says

It is “inconceivable” that electric vehicles could be as polluting as conventional cars, new research has found, dismissing recent speculation that electric vehicles emit similar rates of CO2 to diesel vehicles when battery manufacturing is taken into account. Instead, further decarbonisation in the UK could drive EV emissions down to 10% of conventional vehicles in