A study conducted by Footman James, a classic and specialist vehicle insurance provider in the UK, claims that classic vehicles are less harmful to the environment than modern cars, including electric vehicles.
The findings consider the fact that classic cars have limited use throughout the year, compared to modern vehicles which are typically driven every day and generate large amounts of carbon during their production.
According to the study, the average classic vehicle in the UK emits 563 kg of CO2 and is driven an average of 1,931 km each year. And while modern vehicles have significantly less CO2 emissions per km, they’re driven a lot more regularly and already have a large carbon footprint from their time in the factory.
The study suggests that the carbon footprint of an average passenger vehicle (for example, the VW Golf), is 6,800 kg of CO2. Then the production of a battery electric vehicle, like the Polestar 2, has a carbon footprint of 26,000 kg of CO2, but then driving is zero-emission. But the study claims that to reach that same 26,000 kg figure with a classic vehicle, it’ll take over 46 years of use.