South African Vehicles and Carbon Emissions
Since the 1st of September 2010 all new South African vehicles have been subject to a carbon emissions tax instituted by the government to increase the drive towards cleaner running and less polluting vehicles.
Carbon emissions are calculated according to the amount of carbon content that is in a liter of petrol or diesel divided by the vehicle’s fuel economy.
What is Carbon Emissions tax?
With this carbon tax, South Africa is aiming to help create a sustainable vehicle industry in which ‘eco-friendly’ vehicles are the preferred option by motorists. It is also part of the Long Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS) that the government has introduced to address climate policy issues.
The emissions tax is aimed at vehicles that produce more than 120g/km and are taxed at a rate of R75 + VAT for every g/km in excess of the 120g/km threshold.
How Carbon Emission Tax Will Affect You?
The carbon emission tax is already included into the price of every new vehicle that is sold in South Africa. Vehicles are divided into classes depending on the amount of emissions that they produce, with any vehicle producing less than 120g/km, such as the Nissan LEAF, being exempt from taxation.
The money generated by this tax will be used by the government to improve South Africa with respect to green energy, emission reductions and other environment related projects.
Nissan’s Green Initiatives to Reduce Carbon Footprint
Nissan has several green initiatives that they are implementing around the world aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and shifting towards renewable energies, putting emphasis on resource recycling and encouraging air, water, soil and biodiversity.
Nissan’s environmental focus is clearly seen in their development of technologies such as idling stop and CVT that they introduced into their new vehicles, and their development of zero or low CO2 emission vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF and Nissan’s Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) such as the Pathfinder HEV. In addition to this,Nissan has been able to reduce its manufacturing-related emissions between 2000 and 2010 by 7% and the emissions from its vehicles over the same period by 18%.
You can find out more about Nissan’s Green Program here.
Thanks to the millions of dollars of research that Nissan has put into their vehicle, you know that the next brand new Nissan that you buy from Group 1 Nissan will have cutting edge fuel saving and carbon dioxide emissions technology.