Emissions Analytics Report

Emissions Analytics are the company who have absolutely pioneered modern, real-world, emissions testing, the world leaders in this field by miles. They say "Hybrids are 14 times better than battery electric vehicles at reducing real-world carbon dioxide emissions." The craze for battery solutions really needs to be knocked on the head, soon, and hard!

Wilde Land Rover Sarasota (2019)

Emissions Analytics are an independent business who have built their business by offering to test vehicle emissions actually on the road using a kit they developed themselves which can adequately test emissions while mounted in the back of a car and sampling the exhaust as the car drives along. They were thus the pioneers of the new 'real world' emissions test which the industry now have to use for new type approvals of new car models. Their main source of funds in the early years were from the magazines which found their results interesting and wanted to publish real emissions to compare with manufacturers claimed results, which was quite revealing, and was part of the precursor to the Diesel scandals. I would think that their business now depends a lot on the demand for testing from manufacturers, but I would be surprised if that had given them any bias whatsoever, as I would expect them to still be fully capable of maintaining their complete independence.

The full article is convincing. The thrust of the article is that batteries will remain expensive and somewhat scarce for some time so they are more usefully employed by using a large number of smaller battery packs in lots of hybrids where they can help produce a 34% reduction in CO2 emissions of those vehicles (compared to conventional vehicles), rather than using a small number of large battery packs in a small number of pure EVs, which don't emit in use, but which rely on electricity which is not generated completely cleanly, and don't often use their full battery capacity either. Meaning that they require a lot of battery on board because of range-anxiety, but usually make quite short journeys which don't use that battery capacity, some of which could instead be being used in a hybrid somewhere.

So we should be building hybrids instead of EVs, and in say, ten years time, when we need to take the next steps to reduce emissions, we may go down the route of using more batteries, if batteries have become cheaper, more efficient, and more plentiful, but the better storage technology at that time might be hydrogen, not batteries, leading to fuel cells, rather than batteries, replacing the ICEs in hybrids.