BMW, the Top Eco-Friendly Premium Car
The list has BMW at the top, with an average of 159.4g/km CO2 emissions – the average was measured only for the UK fleet - , followed by Audi with 173g/km, Mercedes Benz with 189.9g/km, and Jaguar with 198.3g/km, cleangreencars.co.uk reported.
This is in part thanks to the EfficientDynamics system, introduced by BMW in 2007, which incorporates a variety of innovations, which include Auto Start Stop Function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Air Vent Control and tyres with reduced rolling resistance.
To day, more than 1,000,000 vehicles have been equipped with this system. Alongside the continuous struggle for green car development of other producers, any and all efforts to spawn a new generation of environmentally friendly vehicles are welcomed.
At the beginning of the 20th century, there were only 4,192 passenger cars in the United States, and no trucks or buses. By the 1970's, their number grew to more than 150 million. And it kept on growing exponentially, hitting the 500 million mark in the 1990's. It is estimated that by 2030, the total number of cars will surpass 1.2 billion units. The 1 million cars that BMW equipped to date with their fuel/gas/energy reduction system is, by comparison, very small.
We are yet to see an 100 percent eco-friendly BMW, but maybe this is the first step for premium car manufacturers, as until recently they were reluctant to chose ecology over performance.
Nevertheless, their efforts, alongside those of other car manufacturers may result in many of the 1.2bn cars in 2030 being green.