New EU cars and vans’ emissions rise in 2018

A new survey says 60% of the new fleet consisted of petrol cars while diesel cars represented 36%

Average carbon dioxide emissions of both new passenger cars and new vans registered in Europe increased in 2018.

That’s according to data by the European Environment Agency, which shows 60% of the new fleet consisted of petrol cars while diesel cars represented 36%.

At the same time, the market share of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) rose from 29% up to 35%.

New registrations of zero and low-emission cars increased in 2018 but represented only around 2% of new car registrations, compared to 1.5% in 2017.

Some 150,000 battery electric vehicles (BEV) and 150,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) were registered, which is around 50% and 24% more than in 2017 respectively.

The report has also revealed diesel vehicles continue to make up the vast majority of the new vans fleet with 94.7% of them hitting the streets of Europe.

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