Drivers could save over 8 million tonnes of emissions a year by switching to electric cars

In whole, the 4.2 million petrol and diesel SUVs on UK roads will emit round 8.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year when pushed a median of 7,400 miles.

This is the carbon equal of 5.2 million return flights from London to New York, in accordance to the info compiled by vitality company EDF.

Despite this, simply 53 % of SUV drivers polled are contemplating a change to electric – regardless of greater than six in ten admitting it might be higher for the atmosphere.

Philippe (*8*) from EDF, which produced the report to spotlight its GoElectric tariff, mentioned: “SUVs have grown in popularity in recent years, with drivers attracted by the style and space they offer.

“But it appears that evidently drivers are unaware that they’ll lower their carbon footprint with out compromising on physique sort.

“With a wide range of popular SUV styles available in EV models, making the switch can allow drivers to do their bit for the environment, and help Britain achieve Net Zero, without compromising on design or comfort.”

The ballot of 2,000 drivers discovered that regardless of SUVs being the second largest trigger of the worldwide rise in CO₂ emissions over the previous decade, their impression on the atmosphere is just the eighth most necessary consideration for drivers when buying a new mannequin.

It lies behind the associated fee to run (51 %), measurement of the boot (48 %) and whether or not it runs off petrol, diesel or is a hybrid (47 %).

In comparability, solely a quarter (26 %) of SUV drivers would take into account whether or not the mannequin is an EV prior to buying.

The major limitations for drivers of petrol and diesel autos to going electric embody issues in regards to the prices of buying an EV (70 %) and restricted entry to cost factors (63 %).

Others have issues round prolonged charging occasions and the associated fee of putting in a dwelling charging level.

Despite these worries, 53 % who personal EVs are optimistic about their experiences, with 53 % claiming that EVs carry out significantly better than a petrol/diesel automobile.

And 51 % can totally cost their automobile for underneath a fiver in a single day utilizing a dwelling charge-point.

Of these petrol and diesel SUV drivers who’re trying to make the change to electric, 53 % would achieve this in a bid to deal with local weather change, whereas a third (33 %) consider going electric will save them money in the long term.

The analysis additionally discovered nearly half of British motorists (48 %) don’t realise that the equal SUV is accessible from sure producers in each petrol, diesel and EV fashions.

And solely a fifth (19 %) of SUV drivers, polled through OnePoll, are conscious that the associated fee to run an EV SUV could be lower than operating a petrol or diesel equal mannequin, when taking gas and leasing prices into consideration.

Philippe (*8*) added: “As Britain’s biggest generator of zero carbon electricity, we’re committed to making it as easy as possible for motorists to make the switch to an EV.

“By charging utilizing our one hundred pc zero carbon GoElectric35 tariff, drivers can cut back the annual CO2 emissions from their automobile to zero.”

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