Carbon dioxide emissions produced by cars have reached an all-time low in great Britain, but industry experts think that the damaged image of diesel could stop the progress of this 19-year trend.
At the end of 2016, the average new car in Britain produced 120.1 g of CO2 per km, which is 1.1% lower than one year earlier and one-third of the value from the year 2000. The Society of motor Manufacturers label diesel as the factor that contributes most to this reduction, with the average diesel emits 20% less CO2 than the average gasoline car.
However, due to the diesel, increased production of nitrogen oxide – a gas that is linked to respiratory problems in humans – many politicians, including the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, are considering the possibility of penalizing the drivers of the highest polluters.
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The result is damage to diesel, the picture could reduce the sales, something that the SMMT argues could hinder the uk’s progress in the reduction of CO2. She said that the fact that the latest diesel engines are significantly more efficient than older models.
“[In the uk the reduction in CO2 emissions] to continue, modern low-emission diesel and lately fuel vehicles such as plug-ins, hydrogen and hybrids should be encouraged, long-term incentives,” said the chief executive of SMMT Mike Hawes.
“Excluding any of these will undermine progress on the objectives of CO2 as well as air quality objectives. The uk has a successful track record in the development of these new technologies, but this must be maintained through a consistent approach to tax and other incentives.”
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Plug-in hybrid models are often labeled as a cleaner alternative to the diesel, and the united kingdom of the demand of this segment is the highest in Europe, representing 23.8% of the total sales and ranking ahead of France and Germany.
But the growth in the segment slowed down by 18.1% in 2016, and industry experts predict that this trend will continue with the introduction of new categories of taxes in great Britain next month. The update of Vehicle excise duty will move to 66% of alternative fuel vehicle tax exemption, to be subject to a £130 flat-rate annual fee, which means that one of the strongest pull factors for plug-in vehicles will be removed.