Finally some good news for CO2 emissions from cars in Europe!

The year 2021 marked a sharp decline in CO2 emissions in the car market in Europe. For the first time, the average falls below 100 g / km CO2.

In 2020, the average emission among car manufacturers in Europe was 118 g / km CO2. The research organization Jato Dynamics participated in the exercise for the year 2021 and noted a drastic decline.

The massive arrival of the electric car to the car market has made it possible to greatly reduce the pollution that the car generates. Jato Dynamics explains how the increase in SUV sales has not prevented the reduction in emissions.

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

“Automakers 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 condemned the role of SUVs in the rise in polluting 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 mid-range SUVs, such as Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E. It is actually very popular among manufacturers for the choice of electric and PHEV models. This generated an average of 65.4 g / km CO2, less than city cars.

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

Renault is one of the most virtuous brands

Tesla is clearly a brand outside the market, with zero emissions and the range is 100% electric. But behind the company Elon Musk we find Renault, which shows 86.7 g / km CO2.

This represents a decrease of 12% compared to 2020 for the French producer. Renault Zoé apparently led the way for Losange, and the new electric Mégane was to help it advance in 2022.

Hyundai is on 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, the Mini has made great strides and is now in fourth place on this rankings. 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 declines we also find Cupra, which reduced its emissions by 40%. Jeep has also taken advantage of the arrival of plug-in hybrid cars to reduce its own by 23%.

Producers who rely primarily on classical hybridization, in turn, are among the worst students on the rankings. This is especially the case for Toyota, which has an average of 108.8 g / km CO2.

Sales of hybrid cars account for 69% of sales, but the brand’s first electric car will not arrive until this year. Honda records an average of 114.6 g / km CO2 despite significant sales of hybrid Jazz.

Which car countries are the least polluting?

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

Jato Dynamics has also analyzed pollution from the automotive sector in European countries. Not surprisingly, we naturally find Norway as 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 across the Rhine recorded an average of 96.4 g / km, while this figure within our limits rises slightly to 97.8 g / km. The United Kingdom shows an average of 106.2 g / km, while Italy and Spain perform the worst at 120.3 g / km for the latter.

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