UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) which comprises of several researcher base, concluded through their study because of the rise in sales of SUVs in the past decade, has led to rise in CO2 emissions.
Despite this growth, there was also a rise of sales of battery electric vehicles.
Total sale of SUVs was around 21.2% of the total vehicles sold in the UK Market in last year. This was up from 6.6% in 2009 to 13.5% in 2015, in total 1.8 million SUVs have been sold in the UK Market in the last four years.
The UKREC have also concluded by their study that the SUV produce quarter more CO2 than a medium size car this is because of the extra size and weight. The UKREC calculated that the 1.8 million SUVs sold in the past four years would eventually produce 8.2 million tonnes of CO2.
The sales of Electric vehicles are also on rise in the UK but if we have to do a comparison along with SUV then it would be 37 to 1. Professor Jillian Anable, the UKREC’s co-director has said that the selling of large and unnecessary energy consuming vehicles makes a mockery of the UK policy efforts towards Road to Zero. She also said we should start to phase out the most polluting vehicles as soon as possible.