Are diesel cars and their owners being demonised? That's the view of the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT), which is promoting a new Europe-wide law called Euro-6 which sets a nitrogen oxide (NOx) limit of 80mh/km on new diesel vehicles. NOx and small particulate emissions from diesels are higher than previously thought – and have come under increasing criticism over the last year. The ...
One million electric cars are now on European roads, after sales surged by 40% in the first six months of 2018.
Europe has surpassed the 1m mark after China, which has a vastly larger automotive market. However, sales of electric cars in Europe have reached the milestone ahead of the United States, which is projected to have one million electric cars on its roads sometime this year.
It is believed the UK may miss its climate change targets after a report revealed CO2 emissions from the average UK car had risen for the first time since 2000. The increase is thought to be because consumers are turning away from diesel and because they are buying larger vehicles.
Diesel car owners in London should be paid up to £3,500 to scrap their old diesel vehicles, according to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.
Air quality in the capital has deteriorated dramatically in recent years, a key contributor to which is believed to be nitrogen oxide – a pollutant emitted by diesel engines.
City Hall has even advised people to stay indoors during the worst affected periods.