Finally good news for CO2 emissions from cars in Europe!

The year 2021 marked a sharp drop in CO2 emissions in the automotive market in Europe. For the first time, the average is below 100 g / km of CO2.

In 2020, the average emissions of car manufacturers in Europe were 118 g / km of CO2. The research organization Jato Dynamics participated in the year 2021 and recorded a drastic drop.

The massive arrival of the electric car in the car market has greatly reduced the pollution generated by the car. Jato Dynamics explains how the increase in SUV sales has not prevented the reduction of emissions.

The analyst reveals that the average pollutant emissions from cars sold in 2021 is 99 g / km of CO2. Breaking below 100 g / km was Europe’s goal, despite stricter new WLTP regulations. In addition, Europe is asking brands to reach the 95 g / km of CO2 emitted.

“Car manufacturers have had to adapt their sales strategies,” said Felipe Muñoz, an analyst at Jato. “They left their traditional segments to focus on the production of electric cars and SUVs, the two most profitable segments in Europe. »

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Jato had often denounced the role of SUVs in increasing the emissions of the automotive sector. But in 2021, it is paradoxically the segment of SUVs that generated the least CO2 emissions.

It is precisely the segment of middle-class SUVs, such as the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E. In fact, it is very popular among manufacturers for choosing electric and PHEV models. This generated an average of 65.4 g / km of CO2, less than city cars.

On the other hand, small SUVs like the Renault Captur represent the worst segment. They are in this ranking just ahead of the luxury SUV category, the most impressive.

Renault is one of the most virtuous brands

Obviously, Tesla is a separate brand in the market, with zero emissions, its range is 100% electric. But behind the signature of Elon Musk, we find Renault, which shows 86.7 g / km of CO2.

This is a drop of 12% compared to 2020 for the French manufacturer. The Renault Zoé obviously led the Losange charge, and the new electric Mégane should help it progress in 2022.

Hyundai takes the podium thanks to numerous sales of electric and plug-in hybrids. A quarter of the Korean manufacturer’s sales were made on these two types of vehicles.

Formerly one of the most polluting manufacturers, Mini has come a long way and now ranks fourth in this ranking. Thus, the firm benefits from the arrival of its electric Mini to reach 90.1 g / km, a decrease of 20%.

Among the most significant falls is Cupra, which reduced its emissions by 40%. Jeep has also taken advantage of the arrival of plug-in hybrid vehicles to reduce its by 23%.

Manufacturers that rely primarily on classical hybridization, on the other hand, are among the worst students in the ranking. This is especially the case with Toyota, which has an average of 108.8 g / km of CO2.

Hybrid vehicle sales accounted for 69% of sales, but the brand’s first electric car only arrives this year. Honda records an average of 114.6 g / km of CO2, despite significant sales of the hybrid hybrid.

Which automotive countries are the least polluting?

However, thanks to the system of emissions credits during the alliances, no manufacturer has had to pay the fine of 95 euros per vehicle and per gram of CO2 exceeded. Jaguar Land Rover, which has a deplorable average of 169.3 g / km of CO2, is benefiting from its strategic alliance with Tesla. This is also the case with Honda, which bought loans from the American brand, which will no longer be possible next year.

Jato Dynamics has also analyzed the pollution of the automotive sector in European countries. Not surprisingly, we find Norway as the most virtuous country, with 16.9 g / km of CO2 emitted on average in its sales.

Germany and France go below the 100 g / km CO2 threshold. Our neighbor on the other side of the Rhine recorded an average of 96.4 g / km, while within our borders, this figure rises slightly to 97.8 g / km. The United Kingdom has an average of 106.2 g / km, while Italy and Spain have the worst performance, with 120.3 g / km for the latter.

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