New research from KwikFit has revealed almost half of drivers would like to see tests take into account how the electricity used to charge a car has been generated. A total of 45 percent of road users said how electricity is used should definitely be monitored in tests with just one quarter disagreeing with the proposals.

“To develop the MOT to assess the source of electricity used by EVs would require multi-industry standards to be set up, and the test may not be the best way to ensure drivers are opting for cleaner energy.

“However, this research does highlight that millions of drivers believe there should be a way of testing overall emissions for vehicles using electricity.

“It’s worth remembering that currently hybrid vehicles are not tested for emissions in the MOT, even though they still run on petrol or diesel for some of the time, so perhaps the first change to make should be to include emissions testing for hybrids.”

Under the current measure, electric cars will skip the emissions and noise check when they enter a garage.

Data from the specialist revealed 1.3million vehicles in total had failed their MOT emissions checks over 12 months

This was 70 percent higher than before the tougher measures were introduced.

The data revealed almost 850,000 petrol cars were caught out by emissions failures between 2019 and 2020.

A further 420,537 diesel cars were also affected compared to just 123,500 per year before the updates were introduced.

Jessica Potts, head of marketing at BookMyGarage said the updates had “mostly affected” diesel vehicles.

She said: “The regulations have mostly impacted diesel cars, causing more than triple the number to fail, compared to petrol car failures which have only increased by a third.”



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