The head of vehicle manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has claimed that consumers are ‘confused’ about the impact of diesel vehicles on air pollution and climate change, and has criticised calls to ban diesel cars from cities.
Delivering an industry keynote at the SMMT’s International Automotive Summit in London today (June 20), Jeremy Hicks, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover UK discussed the perception of diesel vehicles as being a major cause of air pollution in UK cities.
Referring to the ‘diesel debate’ Mr Hicks claimed that some campaigners had ‘set the bar too low’ by focusing ‘entirely on diesel’ as a contributor to roadside air pollution.
Diesel vehicles are known to emit lower levels of CO2 than petrol vehicles, thus helping to reduce the impact of transport on climate change.
However, diesel cars, in particular those built prior to 2009, also emit higher levels of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, which can worsen air quality and harm human health.
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