According to UKERC, over the past year, an increase in CO₂ emissions has been noted only in the transport sector. This is partly due to the decarburization problems of heavy trucks, ships and aircraft, but cars, especially crossovers, also do not become “cleaner”. So far, all attention has been focused on the abstract “revolution of electric vehicles,” says the document, overlooked the main thing – the uncontrolled growth in popularity of off-road vehicles and generally large cars. For three years, from 2015 to 2018, their share increased from 13.5 percent to 21.2.
The trend is not unique to the UK, UKERC notes. The International Energy Agency estimates that since 2010, the number of crossovers on roads has increased by 60 percent. They are the second largest carbon source after the energy sector, overtaking even heavy industry and aviation. Demand for large cars sabotages the transition to environmentally friendly transport and should be taken under control. While sales in the SUV (off-road) segment exceeded 20 percent, the share of battery-powered vehicles (BEV) was only 0.7 percent.