Hybrids hold the answer to quickly reducing CO2 emissions, say analysts.
With automotive battery capacity currently scarce, expensive and suffering supply problems, the deployment of this limited resource is critical to maximising CO2 reduction.
And the most effective way to reduce global vehicle emissions for the foreseeable future is not full battery BEVs – but mass adoption of hybrid vehicles.
That’s the conclusion from Emissions Analytics, the world’s leading independent specialist for the scientific measurement of real-world emissions.
With tardy consumer adoption of BEVs and slow infrastructure roll-out compounded by concerns around an economical supply of batteries, it is essential to find the fastest, most efficient way to reduce CO2 now.
“One of our biggest challenges is fleet turnover, with vehicles staying on the road typically for up to 12 years,” explains Nick Molden, CEO of Emissions Analytics.
“It means that refreshing the entire fleet is a very slow process. Given reservations about current BEVs, we require an alternative that will have a more immediate impact. Due to CO2’s long life in the atmosphere, a small change now is far better than a large change in the future. We need to optimise the use of the industry’s available battery capacity to facilitate a critical early reduction.”