It has long been recognised that traditional motor vehicles release unsustainable levels of air pollution, particularly in cities. Recent government research shows that emissions targets for major urban areas in the UK are unlikely to be met.
Statistics released by government department Defra show nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in Greater London, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire are unlikely to comply with limits set by the EU until at least 2030. This takes targets at least five years beyond the government’s last projection. The World Health Organisation classes NO2 as a significant air pollutant that contributes to respiratory diseases, in particular among children suffering from asthma.
Significant contributors to high levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) include diesel powered vehicles, which also produce particulates. The Toyota Prius, Prius+, Auris, Auris Touring Sports and Yaris models all features Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system, which produces minimal NOx pollution and no particulates. These vehicles also conform to the upcoming Euro 6 vehicle emissions standard, meaning they have the European stamp of approval for being at the forefront of reducing emissions.
What’s more, these Toyota vehicles use electric power alone for short distances at lower urban speeds, resulting in zero tailpipe emissions. For longer distances, the efficient petrol engine takes over, meaning that no sacrifice in range is necessary. The Hybrid Synergy Drive system also recycles energy lost when slowing or stopping.
If you’d like to find out more about Toyota’s green credentials and which eco models are best suited to your needs, contact us at Johnsons today.