Government pledges to ensure new cars and vans emit no pollutants by 2050, plus top five hybrid cars available today.
The UK Government has signed a commitment to ensure new cars and vans produce no emissions by 2050. The UK is a member of the International Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance that works to: “Increase the global uptake of greener vehicles through global cooperation”.
It recognises: “The essential need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector”.
The Alliance – which has 13 members across the globe - said: “A fundamental strategy to meeting our climate change targets is the development and adoption of vehicle technologies that emit no tailpipe pollutants and can be powered by zero, or near-zero, carbon energy.”
Transport Minister Andrew Jones explained: “The UK already has the largest market for ultra-low emission vehicles in the EU, and the fourth largest in the world and today’s pledge reaffirms our commitment to ensuring almost every car and van is a zero emission vehicle by 2050. Electric cars are greener and cheaper to run and we are making them more affordable, spending more than £600 million between 2015 and 2020 to support the uptake and manufacturing of ultra-low emission vehicles.”
Mr Jones continued: “We are playing our part in helping achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions of more than 1 billion tonnes per year across the world by 2050.”
The International Zero Emission Vehicle Alliance said it will: “Strive to make all passenger vehicle sales in our jurisdictions ZEVs (zero emission vehicles) as fast as possible, and no later than 2050.”
Members include: Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Quebec.
It will: “Continue to take actions to overcome any barriers, achieve our targets, and continue to increase ZEV adoption to meet climate change goals.”
It added: “In an era of global automobile markets and manufacturing, we will act together, sharing our experiences and best ideas. Members will:
- "provide incentives to encourage the purchase of ZEVs, and use fiscal policy on vehicles to aid environmental objectives;
- plan for and invest in growing ZEV infrastructure;
- perform public outreach to increase consumer awareness and acceptance;
- remove any government barriers to ZEVs;
- implement policies that require the deployment of ZEVs
- lead by example through the inclusion of ZEVs in government and public sector fleets;
- deploy ZEVs when possible in medium and heavy-duty transportation, including public transit;
- perform and commission research and development in ZEV technology and social science.”
Five top hybrids to help you reduce your emissions
Hybrid cars have one major advantage; that they use less fuel and emit less CO2 than most conventional non-hybrid vehicles.
Hybrids are often seen as a stepping stone for most from petrol and diesel to fully fledged electric and hydrogen fuel cell variations.
We’ve listed a combination of the best conventional and plug-in models that will help you reduce your carbon footprint and save money on running costs.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi launched their hybrid Outlander PHEV model in 2014 and it has gone on to dominate hybrid model sales to overtake the Nissan Leaf as the best-selling plug-in car.
Recently, the Outlander PHEV has had an update that not only improves its performance, but makes it look much better - especially in the cabin.
Mercedes Benz C-Class Hybrid
Mercedes’ C300 hybrid is a very appealing company car alternative to conventional petrols and diesels, and it’s not really surprising why.
Returning 78.4mpg and pumping out just 94g/km of CO2 emissions - well below any tax band - the C-Class is packed with kit, is spacious and rides well.
When the BMW i8 was launched, it was dubbed a game-changer for the sports-car sector. It represents the first of a whole new wave of vehicles that produces super-car like performance and family-car fuel economy.
The i8’s powertrain combines a 129bhp electric motor that drives the front wheels with a 228bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine that drives the rear wheels - meaning the hybrid can hit 0-62 in just 4.4 seconds.
Rewind back to when the Prius was launched in 1997 and it was so futuristic you could be mistaken for thinking it was straight out of a sci-fi film. Almost twenty years later and we’re on to the fourth generation of the popular petrol-electric hybrid.
The Prius’ looks have long divided opinions, but look beyond external aesthetics and you’ll find an efficient, practical and comfortable car with a smart interior
Introduced in 2013 - the Lexus RX 450h has proven to be a class-leading 4x4 hybrid and the pro’s are countless.
The level of spec is simply unparalleled, with leather upholstery, bluetooth phone connection, push-to-start and a proximity key as standard from entry level.