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Electric vehicles will help the shift toward EU's green transport future

Europe would benefit significantly with a large scale roll-out of electric cars as it would result in significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower levels of certain air pollutants, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment released today. Although, they have also stated that widespread use of Electric vehicles would pose challenges for Europe’s power grid in meeting increased electricity demand.

With the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85-90% by 2050, there is a concern that if industrial and residential uses do not meet their target drops, that it will be difficult to meet this goal, due to the increase of power needed for Electric Vehicles as well. On the other hand, it is hoped that many countries in Europe will be more reliant on renewable and clean energy sources, replacing the reliance on fossil fuels.

Overall, based on the whole European fleet consisting of 80% EVs, the resulting carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reductions in the road transport sector would outweigh the higher emissions caused by the continued use of fossil fuels in the power-generating sector. In the EU, a net reduction of 255 million tonnes of CO2 could be delivered in 2050. This amount is equivalent to around 10% of the total emissions estimated for that year. However in countries with a high share of fossil power plants, environmental benefits would be lower. This would also lower the benefits of using electric vehicles in these countries.

Further to this, an 80 % share of electric vehicles would also significantly reduce overall emissions of certain air pollutants like nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). For other pollutants such as sulphur dioxide (SO2), emissions could increase due to the continued use of coal in the electricity generation sector.

It is clear to see the benefits of Electric Vehicles out weigh the downsides, and could even provide relief for sectors that are struggling to meet their targets. Green Motion is now recognised as a world leading brand in the provision of low CO2 car and van hire. In addition to offering low emission vehicles for hire, Green Motion car and van hire also abides by its own all embracing environmental policy, ensuring our effects on the planet are kept to a minimum.

To make a car rental booking with Green Motion in one of our 260 locations available in 26 countries, please visit greenmotion.com or call our Central Reservations Team on +44 (0) 2071864000.