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How is it possible that dirty, old classics are more environmentally friendly than electric cars

Grist to the mill of classic drivers: old-timers are less harmful to the environment than fully electric cars. But before you uncork the champagne and start spinning donuts bottle in hand in the parking lot in your Jaguar E-Type, here’s what you need to know. Classics are ‘more environmentally friendly’ for one simple reason.

The research on the basis of which we claim the above is a bit ‘we at toilet duck recommend toilet duck’, because it was done by Footman James, a British insurance company for classic and special cars. The company found that an average classic car in the United Kingdom emits about 563 kilos of CO2 per year. An electric Polestar 2 has already emitted 26,000 kilos before it leaves the factory. A compact middle class car with a fuel engine, such as a Volkswagen Golf, would come to about 6800 kilos.

Owners of classic cars feel they are under a magnifying glass

Footman James’ research is of course not entirely fair. A classic car was also once produced and also once made daily miles, so it has already done its damage to the environment. In addition, manufacturers are well on their way to cleaning up their production process. Polestar has set itself the goal of bringing the first carbon neutral car to market by 2030. But indeed, because old-timers are rarely used, their contribution to the total emissions is negligible. Yet many classic car owners (almost 50 percent of the respondents) do feel that they are under a magnifying glass.

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