September 21 is World Clean-up Day! Last year saw 18 million people across 157 countries and territories do their thing for the environment by participating in the biggest waste collection day in human history. South African motorists can get into the environmental swing of things too – not just by collecting waste but also by minimising emissions.
The dangers of air pollution should never be discounted. According to a recent study published in the European Heart Journal, air pollution is now a greater health risk than cigarette smoking. According to that study, air pollution is killing 8.8 million people a year. In 2015, 7.2 million people died as a result of smoking.1
But how can motorists make a difference to the massive problem of air pollution? “By buying a “green” car” says George Mienie, CEO of AutoTrader,. “Selecting a car with low CO2 emissions isn’t only good for the environment. It is also good for your back pocket,” notes Mienie. This is because all new vehicles with CO2 emissions exceeding 120g/km in South Africa are subject to an Environmental Levy paid by car manufacturers, a cost which ultimately finds its way into pockets of consumers.
So, which vehicles do not exceed the 120 g/km? These are 10 of the greenest cars in the land:
1. BMW i3
This is an electric car – so there are no emissions.
2. Jaguar I-Pace
Like the i3, this is an electric car, meaning zero emissions.
3. Volkswagen Polo
The 70kW TSI BMT Trendline and 70kW TSI BMT Comfortline are the “greenest” in the range,
with emissions of a mere 103 g/km.
4. Toyota Prius
This hybrid emits just 87 g/km.
5. Volvo XC90
The pick of the range is the Volvo XC90 T8 Geartronic AWD, which has a petrol engine and an electric motor, and emits a low 49 g/km.
6. BMW i8
Like the Volvo, this sportscar emits a mere 49 g/km of CO2.
7. Lexus UX
There are lots of “green” vehicles in the Lexus range, but the UX 250H SE, which emits 103 g/km of CO2 is most certainly one of the funkiest.
8. Mercedes-Benz EQC
Mercedes-Benz will launch its all-new zero-emission EQC electric SUV in South Africa later this year.
9. Ford Fiesta
With emissions of a mere 84 g/km of CO2, the 1.5 TDCi Trend is the pick of the Fiesta range.
10. Nissan Micra
Irrespective of which model you pick, emissions of 115 g/km of CO2 apply.