Over the past few years there’s been an ongoing debate as to whether electric cars and hybrids are cleaner and greener than their petrol/diesel counterparts. Obviously, fuel economy still plays a large part and it seems that the science still isn’t entirely settled. So, with this in mind, there’s a tentative, tongue-in-cheek suggestion in a recent internet article of a scheme that will give you the option to scrap your hybrid vehicle for a diesel-powered one.

As astonishing as this sounds, an informative article in AutoExpress details a study of clean air comparisons between a variety of full EVs, hybrids, petrol and diesel cars. The article is well worth a read as it highlights some of the findings of tests carried out by an independent organisation called Green NCAP who tested cars based on their CIA (Clean Air Index) score. The score is a measure of each vehicle’s overall pollutant levels so a comparison can be drawn between the different makes and models.

Shock findings

Brace yourselves; three diesel cars (the Skoda Octavia, Seat Leon and Volvo XC60) actually made it into the top five and were only beaten by the hydrogen-powered Hyundai Nexo and the electric-driven VW ID.3. Perhaps even more surprising was that the diesel Land Rover Discovery Sport D180 actually beat the hybrid Kia Niro 1.6.

Who’d-a thunk it eh?!

Food for thought

No doubt the clean air debate will rumble on for some time to come and it’ll be interesting to see how this may affect the Government’s plans to scrap the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, with the prediction that all new cars and vans will be fully zero-emission ones from 2035 onwards. Either way, here at Ace Breakers, we still fully intend to be scrapping all types of cars and vans well into the future.. however they’re powered.

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