As we know, climate change action and campaigns have been powering through the Globe, with activists such as Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough pushing their initiatives to save the future of this planet. Despite all this action and events such as the trillion tree campaign, the beach clean-up trends and paper straws, it seems that gas-guzzling SUV’s have still out reigned electric cars with an increase in sales this year. So is ignorance truly bliss, or is there another reason as to why this hasn’t gone as planned?
There has been an “immense” rise in SUV sales, showing that electric cars are being outsold by 37-to-one according to the BBC’s research. This unfortunately means that exhaust emissions from new cars have actually been increasing rather than declining for the past three years according to a UK Energy Research Centre study as people are simply using less efficient cars. The outcome has led to the jeopardy of EU emissions targets set by the UK transport sector.
Over the past four years, there have been 1.8 million SUV sales, in comparison to a total of 47,000 for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV). In 2018 alone, 21.2 per cent of new car sales were purely SUVs, making an impressive increase from 13.5% three years before.