CO2 Emissions Could Be Cut By 8.7m Tonnes If UK Switched to Electric Vehicles

SUVs or Sports Utility Vehicles are favoured by UK drivers for several reasons, the most common of which is their more spacious interior. They’re ideal for families and for those who bring a lot of things when travelling. Their advanced technologies and safety features are also major attractions. SUVs combine versatility, practicality, and style. 

What most SUV drivers do not know, though, is that these vehicles are high-polluting as their carbon emissions are higher by at least 10% compared to the average vehicles. If you combine the over 4 million diesel and petrol SUVs that traverse the UK roads, the total emissions will be around 8.7 million tonnes annually for every 7,400 miles. 

According to EDF (an energy company) data, this is equivalent to at least 5.2 million London-New York return flights. 

The EDF also created a poll among 2,000 adults and results revealed that only a little over 50% of SUV drivers are seriously thinking of shifting to electric vehicles even if more than six out of 10 believe that EVs are safer and cleaner.

CO2 Emissions Could Be Cut By 8.7m Tonnes If UK Switched to Electric Vehicles

There are two main reasons why those who are going electric have chosen to do so: to save money and to help fight climate change. 

Those who do not want to switch to EVs have their reasons as well, including the insufficient supply of charging points and the expensive price of EVs. 

EDF’s Philippe Commaret noticed that drivers are attracted to sports utility vehicles because they are spacious and stylish. What most of these motorists do not know, however, is that they do not need to compromise body type or style if they want to lessen their carbon footprint.

Nowadays, there are various electric vehicle models to choose from, and many of them are not only stylish but also high-performing and environmentally safer. As such, drivers don’t have to worry about style or comfort anymore. 

Most manufacturers now sell diesel, petrol, and electric versions of sports utility vehicles.

SUVs have been identified as one of the primary causes of the increase in CO2 emissions in the past couple of years. Shifting to electric is the best way to move forward to the UK’s zero emissions goal. 

If the 4.2 million SUVs car owners drive on UK roads are swapped with EVs, Britain can lessen CO2 emissions by 8.7 million tonnes. 

Why Are Emissions Dangerous?

Vehicle emissions contribute to air pollution. Pollutants that are released through motor vehicles include:

  • Carbon monoxide or CO – a colourless, poisonous, and odourless gas that affects oxygen and heart activity in the brain
  • Particulate matter or PM – tiny particles that are smaller by one-tenth in diameter compared to thin human hair
  • Greenhouse gases – primarily CO2 or carbon dioxide
  • Sulphur dioxide or SO2 – comes from motor vehicles and power plants and creates fine particles
  • VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds – produces ground-level ozone, which destroys vegetation
  • NOx or Nitrogen oxides – have nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and nitric oxide (NO) and forms acid rain, smog, and ground-level ozone

NOx emissions also have adverse effects on a person’s health. 

Depression, anxiety, and other mental health-related issues may develop, and cognitive health can weaken, increasing one’s risk of dementia.

The most common health issues include asthma, nausea and vomiting, COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pulmonary oedema. The more serious complications can be life-threatening, specifically asphyxiation and laryngospasm, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and early death. 

Diesel vehicle emissions were the main concern of authorities working on the Dieselgate diesel emissions scandal.

Dieselgate Backgrounder

The Dieselgate emissions scandal initially involved only the Volkswagen Group. US authorities, specifically the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the EPA allegedly discovered defeat devices in Audi and VW diesel vehicles sold to American consumers. The devices are programmed to manipulate emissions during regulatory testing so that vehicles could easily pass the test.

Once the device is in the vehicle, it can sense when the test begins and it automatically reduces emissions to levels that match legal limits. The vehicle may appear emissions-compliant but only for a temporary period. As the vehicle is brought out of the lab and driven on normal roads, it once again releases unlawful volumes of NOx emissions. 

Essentially, VW allegedly hid their vehicles’ real emissions and lied to their customers. They also exposed affected drivers – and the public – to the harmful impacts of nitrogen oxides. 

These health and environmental impacts plus the mis-selling are the reasons why law firms and authorities are encouraging affected drivers to bring their carmakers to court through a diesel claim

CO2 Emissions Could Be Cut By 8.7m Tonnes If UK Switched to Electric Vehicles

What’s My Diesel Claim?

A diesel claim is a legal action that you can file against your carmaker for deceiving you with the use of defeat devices. Law firms offer a no-win-no-fee guarantee so you won’t be spending anything if your case is not successful. However, if you win your case, you’ll receive compensation for all the inconveniences the illegal device has caused you.

However, before you can file an emission claim, you have to verify first if you are eligible to receive compensation.  

Reach out to an emissions expert who can help you start your claim.

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