The vast majority of emissions cuts from electric cars will be wiped out by new road-building, a report says. The government says vehicle emissions per mile will fall as zero-emissions cars take over Britain’s roads. But the report says the 80% of the CO2 savings from clean cars will be negated by the £27bn planned roads programme. It adds that if ministers want a “green recovery” the cash would be better spent on public transport, walking, cycling, and remote-working hubs. And they point out that the electric cars will continue to increase local air pollution through particles eroding from brakes and tyres. The calculations have been made by an environmental consultancy, Transport for Quality of Life, using data collected by Highways England.
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The government’s £27 billion road-building programme will almost wipe out the environmental benefits of electric cars, it has been claimed. According to a study to be published today, the increase in traffic generated by the scheme would cancel out most of the emission cuts achieved by having more green vehicles. Petrol and diesel cars will constitute two thirds of those on the road even after the sale of new ones is banned by 2035, the study by the consultant Transport for Quality of Life says. It also found that an additional 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide would be released in the next 12 years as a result of the road-building scheme, which will “negate 80 per cent of the benefit arising from the switch to electric vehicles”.
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