According to a study, the decline of diesel and the rise of SUVs led to an increase in CO2 emissions from cars sold in Europe last year. And the phenomenon seems sustainable.

SUVs such as the Peugeot 3008 are experiencing increasing success in Europe, and are equipped with gasoline engines with excellent performance.  An advantage in terms of particulate emissions, but a problem in terms of CO2.

Never have the cars been so clean: ever more electric, ever more sophisticated and endowed with the latest technologies of depollution, they are engaged in a virtuous circle that should be celebrated. At the same time, the greenest among us welcome the slow decline of diesel , whose market share fell by 7.9% in Europe last year. The greenwashing of brains is running full, and the modern motorist circulates the consciousness almost quietly driving the small gasoline engine SUV he has just purchased.

But here, the latest JATO consultancy study puts things in perspective: the disaffection experienced by diesel and the growing demand for the SUV category has the unfortunate consequence of an increase in average CO2 emissions of new cars in Europe, what had not been seen in ten years!

This average was 118.1 g / km against 117.8 in 2016, a difference of 0.3 grams which contrasts sharply with a decline that oscillated between 2 and 8 grams each year since 2007. And the movement seems ” As demand for diesel engines declines, consumers will turn to gasoline engines, with CO2 emissions higher than diesel engines for those looking for more power and torque. This will lead to an increase in global CO2 emissions in the future .

The solution to this increase in CO2 (which is remembered that it is not a pollutant but contributes to global warming) could come from alternative engines, foremost among which hybrids. But the delay is still struggling to establish, since their market share will have increased by only 1% last year.

Added to this is the rise in demand for SUVs (34% of market share last year, compared to 22% three years earlier), whose average CO2 emissions stand at 133 g / km, ie 15 g more than the average of new cars sold last year.

A real challenge is therefore to the European authorities, whose objective is to reduce the average CO2 emissions of new cars to 95 g / km in 2021. In the current state of trends, and except to witness a sudden development of the market for hybrid and electric cars, we will be far from it

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