Volvo Car Ireland has been reviewing how the emissions of its vehicles have changed over the last few years and it has thrown up some interesting facts, including:
- The average CO2 emissions of Volvo cars sold in Ireland in the last 12 months is 134g/km¹, equivalent to a Band B car.
- 90% of all the Volvos sold in the Republic of Ireland in that period were either Band A, B or C².
- This equates to a saving equivalent to 676 tonnes of CO2 per annum. That would require a forest the size of 11 St. Stephen's Greens to absorb³.
In Ireland 90% of all the Volvo cars sold in the last 12 months were in either Band A, B or C. In fact all Volvo C30s, S40s and V50s available are in the lower categories. The average emissions of all Volvo cars sold in Ireland in that period was just 134g/km¹, equivalent to an average vehicle category of Band B.
Volvo uses the DRIVe badge to denote its high efficiency, low emission variants. DRIVe cars use a combination of light aluminium diesel engines, advanced aerodynamics and engine, transmission and tyre technology to reduce rolling resistance to minimise the environment impact. It is the science of small improvements, individually small steps but collectively add up to big savings in emissions, fuel consumption and consequently impact on the environment.
"While much of the focus of recent times has been on vehicle electrification, Volvo has been making huge strides in improving the environmental impact of the cars we sell today", commented David Baddeley, Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland. "We were reviewing the current engine line up and even we were amazed at just how significant the reduction is. It is good for the environment, good for the car owner in lower VRT, Road Tax and fuel bills and good for the company car driver in lower benefit in kind bills. We all know that small cars have lower CO² emissions, but it is perhaps more surprising for a brand like Volvo, who make larger, luxury executive vehicles." he added.