Classic cars do ‘less damage to the environment’ than modern combustion engines

Research from a specialist report on the classic and collectible vehicle industry shows that, compared to modern vehicles, classic cars are much less harmful to the environment. The average classic emits 563 kg of CO2 per year, but an average passenger car has a carbon footprint of 6.8 tonnes immediately after production.

Statistics in the detailed report show that the average classic car – driving an annual UK national average of 1,200 miles – generates 563kg of CO2 per year.

In comparison, a typical modern car such as a Volkswagen Golf emits up to 6.8 tons of CO2 before it even leaves the factory.

The research study, Footman Jamesalso states that while a modern car would, in fact, be more efficient and use less fuel if used daily, the environmental cost of manufacturing a new vehicle immediately negates this.

The indicator report also highlights the need for the classic auto industry to modernize and diversify to keep the sector going.

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“It’s clear that while new modern, electric cars may seem better for the planet on a day-to-day basis, the issue is the impact of their production.

“As we talk to our audience, we are pleased to find that a significant portion are concerned about the effects of climate change, and many would enroll in emissions offset schemes.

“The future of classic cars is in our hands and we must do everything we can to keep them on the road.”

Two-thirds of classic car enthusiasts are already concerned about climate change.

Some classic car drivers have already called on the government to introduce a new class of vehicles to include converted electric classics.

Around 70% of drivers say converted electric vehicles should be independently recognized on a DVLA V5C certificate, as a new class of vehicle.

Many classic car owners have decided to convert their old vehicle and run it as an electric vehicle.

This is done by dismantling the internal combustion engine and running gear and replacing them with an electric powertrain.

To date, only modern electric vehicles are classified as electric vehicles on the official documentation, the DVLA’s V5C form.

Kevin A. Perras