“Whilst consultations with Government are still taking place, the data provided by Zemo Partnership is a positive step to remind decision makers that our industry is already providing low net emission vehicles for both leisure and business use”, says Paddy O’Connell, Head of National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents PTW dealers in the UK.
“As our sector is having its hand forced into pursuing the Government’s net zero targets, the study by Zemo Partnership provides a useful comparison to the reality of the benefits of both Battery Electric (BEV) and Internal combustion Engine (ICE) Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) as a form of mobility”, Paddy O’Connell added.
The study, commissioned by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), looked at eight typical use cases where Private Light Vehicles (PLVs) and PTWs could replace existing cars and vans. Looking at vehicles in both ICE and BEV form, the study considers greenhouse gases created during the overall lifecycle of a vehicle including manufacturer, vehicle use, fuel production, electricity production, battery replacement and vehicle end of life.
In almost every case, where load requirements mean that using a PLV is a viable option, substantial greenhouse gas savings would occur.
Paddy O’Connell concluded: “It is encouraging that the Zemo Partnership’s report further shines a spotlight on PTWs as a greener form of mobility. NMDA continues to represent dealer members in talks with Government to ensure that any transition away from traditional fuels is neither to the detriment of our industry nor their loyal riders and customers”.
About the RMI
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.