Average CO2 emissions in Europe increased by 1.8% in 2018
A closer look at the automotive market reveals that customers have different demands than in the past. While SUVs now dominate minivans on the bodywork side, the change on the mechanical side is just as radical and has environmental consequences. Indeed, since 2015, average CO2 emissions have increased according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association.
This increase may seem small, but it perfectly illustrates a change in mentality in the choice of motorization of a new car. Already, as mentioned above, customers are now choosing SUVs, which are by definition taller and heavier vehicles than traditional sedans. As a result, they pollute more.
Thus, in 2018, the average CO2 emissions of new cars in Europe were 120.6 g/km, an increase of 1.8%. The most ecological country is Holland with an average of 105.5 g/km. In contrast, the new cars with the highest CO2 emissions were sold in Estonia with an average of 132.3 g/km.
In addition to SUVs, the drop in diesel engine sales is also responsible for this increase in CO2 emissions. Since 2015, this fuel has seen a significant drop in sales. Last year, diesel accounted for 35.9% of sales, whereas three years ago, it dominated more than half of the market with 51.5% of sales.
Gasoline engines are benefiting from this decline, falling from 44.2% in 2015 to 56.7% in 2018. On the other hand, 7.4% of customers have opted for other engines such as electric, hybrid, hydrogen or LPG. This is 3.1% more than in 2015.