A free vehicle emissions database has been launched to help car buyers look up how damaging their next choice might be to future air quality.
The airindex.com has been put together by AIR, the not-for-profit organisation put together to help reduce the negative impact of vehicle emissions in the short and long term.
The new AIR Index was put together to help identify the cleanest cars to give buyers confidence to switch to cleaner vehicles and restore the automotive industry badly impacted by the pandemic.
The freely available ratings database is the result of on-road testing according to the legal standard method, CWA17379.
It details real-world nitrogen oxide (NOx) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – pollutants that are measured to assess air quality and climate change.
It shows that clean and efficient vehicles, which have low NOx and low CO2 emissions already exist, without having to wait for new technology at scale.
Covering hundreds of vehicles, the AIR Index details vehicle emissions information and rates each from A (the best) to E (the worst) following multiple on-road tests.
Nick Molden, co-founder of AIR and founder of Emissions Analytics said: “As the world emerges from the impact of COVID-19, legislators, manufacturers and buyers have an opportunity to focus on the cars that will limit the rise in pollution generated by economic recovery.
“Freely available to everyone, including carmakers and policy makers, we want to put valuable information in the hands of those who can effect real change.”
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There have been calls for ways of stimulating the recovery of the automotive industry following COVID-19 including the revival of scrappage schemes that offered incentives to new car buyers who wanted to trade in old, high emission vehicles.
Molden said: “Of course, there are plenty of ways to try to address the issue of reducing emissions, but incentivised schemes would be immensely expensive at a time when governments and consumers are facing unprecedented challenges.
“The AIR Index provides data to allow a much more targeted approach, and it is a free and quick solution.
“We know official emissions ratings are not good enough, but our real-world testing and results allow the right choices to be made.”