The “gigantic” ascent in offers of high-outflow sports utility vehicles implies they presently surpass electric autos in the UK by 37 to one, examine has found.

Thus, generally fumes emanations from new vehicles have been expanding, not declining, for as long as three years, says the UK Energy Research Center.

SUV deals are endangering the UK transport division’s capacity to meet EU discharges targets, it said.

Prof Jillian Anable of the UKERC said this made “a joke” of UK approach.

“Adequately, we have been sleepwalking into the issue,” she said.

“The decarbonisation of the traveler vehicle market can never again depend on an inaccessible objective to stop the offers of regular motors. We should begin to eliminate the most dirtying vehicles right away.

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