Report suggests SUVs are a health risk, or equivalent to one

Posted: August 6, 2020 by oldbrew in censorship, Emissions, opinion, Travel
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A ‘climate think tank’ proposes trying to choke off SUV demand by banning adverts, but the most obvious advert is the vehicle that’s already on the road, visible to all. This report claims ‘soaring sales for electric vehicles’, but the actual numbers are tiny compared to total sales of all propulsion types – especially SUVs.
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A new report draws parallels between the ban on tobacco advertising and changed behaviors, says Greenbiz.

The United Kingdom should ban the advertising of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in order to help drive down transport emissions and accelerate progress towards the country’s net zero goals, a study published this week has urged, drawing parallels with the ban on tobacco advertising and its success in changing behaviors.

Produced by climate think tank the New Weather Foundation, the report highlights how average emissions for new cars sold in the U.K. increased in 2019 for the fourth year in a row.

The same trend has been documented across much of Europe, as soaring sales for electric vehicles and low emission models are more than offset by increased demand for heavier and more polluting SUVs, which made up four in 10 of the U.K.’s new car sales last year.

By contrast, while sales of electric and plug-in hybrid models are growing exponentially, they are doing so from a low base with data from the European Environment Agency showing that fewer than two in every 100 new cars are fully electric.

The growth in SUV sales comes alongside increased advertising expenditure to promote the vehicles, the study adds, a marketing strategy that appears to run in conflict with the stated decarbonization ambitions of some of the world’s biggest car firms.

The study highlights the example provided Ford, which has set a net zero emissions target and promised to invest $11.5 billion in developing electric models through to 2022, but has at the same time stepped up efforts to promote its most high carbon models.

From September 2016 to September 2018, Ford went from a roughly 50/50 split in U.S. advertising spend between cars and SUVs/pickup trucks, to spending 85 percent on the latter, in pursuit of the higher profit margins provided by larger vehicles, the study notes.

Full article: We banned advertising for cigarettes. Should we do the same for SUVs?

  1. ivan says:

    Errr… how can a SUV be a health risk? I would rather be driving one with its long range and quick refuelling and plenty of space than an EV with its heavy battery short range and slow charging. Then there is the price differential and carrying capacity.

    Maybe the snowflakes living in large cities that are used to everything being only a short distance away can use EVs but those that live out in the countryside need something more robust and reliable, so I think this is a non starter but then the government are into stupid virtue signalling.

  2. oldbrew says:

    …the authors of this week’s report argue that bolder policy interventions are required, starting with a tobacco-style advertising ban on cars with average emissions of more than 160g CO2/km, as well as any cars exceeding 15.7 feet in length. Such a ban would cover what the report describes as “the dirtiest third” of cars sold in the U.K.

    CO2 has nothing whatsoever to do with ‘dirt’. Anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or a liar. It’s essential to trees, plants and vegetation. This is basic stuff.

  3. Gamecock says:

    Gutless. They never banned cigarettes. If SUVs are horrible, ban them. Don’t perpetually harass the public over something legal.

    New Weather Foundation is annoying.

  4. saighdear says:

    What CAN I say anymore? Just a Big SMILE 🙂 and a Sigh ! – it’s all so tedious.

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    They push this then I put my 5 litre V8 Jeep back on the road in response. Ecomentalists.

  6. oldbrew says:

    data from the European Environment Agency showing that fewer than two in every 100 new cars are fully electric

    How are car makers going to shift all the expensive EVs they intend to churn out? Even hefty subsidies fail to tempt most car buyers.

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