Efforts to cut vehicle emissions are being undermined because gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles are outselling electric cars by 37 to 1, according to research. A study due to be published today said that growing demand for large petrol and diesel-powered cars was making a mockery of attempts to promote green transport. The UK Energy Research Centre, which co-ordinates research on sustainable energy from Imperial College London, is calling for a ban on the sale of new combustion engine cars — earmarked for 2040 — to be brought forward by ten years. Labour and the Liberal Democrats have pledged to introduce a 2030 target. The Conservatives have promised to “consult on the earliest date” that fossil fuel cars could be phased out without seriously affecting drivers and businesses.
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