Cars will be greener than trains by 2020: report

A leading UK engineer says the greenest cars on the market by 2020 will emit fewer harmful emissions per passenger than electric trains.

Autocar reports Richard Parry-Jones told a transportation conference in London that current industry targets put hybrid and plug-in cars on track to outperform the cleanest trains in the UK’s high-speed fleet.


That level effectively drops to 25g/km per passenger when the average number of occupants per car (1.6) is taken into account.

The reduction in tailpipe emissions will be achieved through the increased take-up of electric vehicles and further advancements in plug-in, hybrid and internal combustion engine technology.

Ultra-fuel efficient vehicles are just around the corner. Late last year, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn confirmed his company would start small series production of a vehicle based on the XL1 concept (pictured) – a two-seater diesel plug-in that uses as little as 0.9L/100km on the combined cycle.