There is widespread confusion about advances in new car technology and official emissions testing.
There is widespread confusion about advances in new car technology and official emissions testing.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has released a video for consumers explaining reducing vehicle emissions.

Air quality and climate change are two of the biggest issues facing society, yet there is widespread confusion about  advances in new car technology and official emissions testing,’ the organization says. ‘If uncorrected, [this]could limit adoption of the latest low emission vehicles and undermine the UK’s efforts to meet strict air quality and climate change obligations,’ it added in a press release.

The short video explains how new cars have significantly reduced emissions compared to their historic counterparts, with diesel cars saving three million tonnes of CO2 since 2002, cutting nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions by 84% in 15 years and virtually eliminating soot particulates. The video also clarifies misconceptions regarding emissions testing in Europe.

‘Air quality and emissions are issues the motor industry takes very seriously,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. ‘Automotive manufacturers are dedicated to producing the cleanest ever vehicles and invest billions developing innovative new technologies to improve our air. We believe this record of progress is one that needs to be told.’

To see the video go here or watch it on youtube.

This story is adapted from material from the SMMT, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.