SUVs within the UK are overwhelmingly purchased by individuals in cities and cities moderately than rural areas, with the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea the nation’s Vary Rover capital.
Regardless of emitting 25 per cent extra carbon dioxide on common than a medium-sized automotive, SUVs have jumped from almost 7 per cent of personal automobiles bought within the UK in 2009 to greater than 21 per cent in 2018. One latest international evaluation discovered the rise of SUVs final yr worn out the environmental features from electrical automobiles.
Now, a brand new report by environmental charity Attainable finds they aren’t even being bought in locations the place the four-wheel drive and off-roading capabilities of the biggest SUV fashions can be helpful.
Between 2018 and 2020, 74 per cent of SUVs have been registered to consumers with city addresses, Division for Transport figures present. For the biggest class of SUV fashions, six of the ten areas registering most gross sales have been prosperous London boroughs, together with Kensington and Chelsea. And 1 in 10 non-public automobiles registered in that borough have been Vary Rovers, the best share within the UK.
“We stood up the previous city folklore in regards to the ‘Chelsea tractor’, and located Kensington and Chelsea is the house of the SUV. One thing has been executed to influence individuals it’s regular to have a 2-tonne truck to do the buying,” says Andrew Simms on the New Climate Institute, a co-author of the evaluation printed immediately.
He says a part of the issue is promoting, with SUVs typically marketed as a option to shield your loved ones and dominate the street. “The promoting method has received underneath individuals’s fears about residing in cities,” he says. Automotive producers have larger revenue margins on SUVs than different automotive courses.
Simms and Attainable say their findings ought to lead the federal government to ban promoting for essentially the most polluting third of automobiles on sale, which might cowl most SUVs. They’re additionally calling on promoting corporations to reject briefs for polluting SUVs.
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