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 drops below 100 g/km CO2.

In 2020, the average emissions among car manufacturers in Europe was 118 g/km of CO2. Research organization Jato Dynamics participated in the exercise for the year 2021 and recorded a drastic drop.

The massive arrival of the electric car to the automobile market has made it possible to significantly reduce the pollution generated by the car. Jato Dynamics explains how the increase in SUV sales has not stopped emissions reduction.

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 asks brands to reach 95 g/km of CO2 emitted.

“Automakers had to adapt their sales strategies”, said Felipe Muñoz, an analyst at Jato. “They have 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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Jet had often denounced the role of SUVs in increasing pollutant emissions in the automotive sector. But in 2021, paradoxically, it is the SUV segment 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. It is actually 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 imposing.

Renault is one of the most virtuous brands

Tesla is obviously a brand apart in the market, with zero emissions, and its autonomy is 100% electric. But behind Elon Musk’s firm, we find Renault, which displays 86.7 g/km of CO2.

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

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

Formerly one of the most polluting manufacturers, the Mini has advanced strongly and is now in fourth place in this ranking. Thus, the company benefits from the arrival of its electric Mini to reach 90.1 g/km, a decrease of 20%.

Among the most significant drops, we also find Cupra, which reduced its emissions by 40%. Jeep also took advantage of the arrival of plug-in hybrid vehicles to reduce its own by 23%.

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

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

Which automotive countries are the least polluting?

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

Jato Dynamics also analyzed pollution from the automotive sector in European countries. Unsurprisingly, we obviously find Norway to be the most virtuous country, with 16.9 g/km of CO2 emitted on average in its sales.

Germany and France pass 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 UK averages 106.2 g/km, while Italy and Spain are the worst performers, with 120.3 g/km for the latter.

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