When it’s time to change your car, go shopping with carbon emissions in mind.
An electric car is the top choice here. More people than ever before are now making the shift to electric vehicles – both cars and vans. The infrastructure to support them, including chargepoints, is rapidly growing. As well as saving money on fuel compared to a petrol or diesel vehicle, you’ll also save on maintenance costs. They are more expensive to buy than their petrol/diesel equivalents, but you should save in the long run. There’s a growing secondhand market, too, so you’re not limited to buying a new vehicle. The Fully Charged Show on YouTube is one of many great resources for finding out more about these very clever vehicles. For anyone who likes to really get into the detail, Plug Life Television on YouTube is superb.
The next best option is a hybrid vehicle, which uses both petrol/diesel and electric.
Otherwise, if you’re going for a petrol/diesel vehicle, choose one with low emissions. Newer and smaller cars tend to have lower emissions, but check the manufacturer’s website because it’s not always that simple! Lower emissions often mean better fuel economy, so you’ll save money on your fuel bills, too.