Call for all OEMs to adopt independent emissions tests

October 11, 2016

A new method for calculating real-world emissions of cars, which has been adopted by PSA Group, should be used by all manufacturers in the EU, according to one of the organisers. The development team behind the fuel economy test (comprising PSA Group, France Nature Environnement, Bureau Veritas and Transport & Environment) claims it provides a more accurate view of fuel economy and emissions than new EU tests which are being introduced during 2017. The proposed protocol for measuring real-world fuel consumption defines the equipment needed, measurement methods and processes for calculating the results. It is based on a non-professional driver using the vehicle on public roads under real driving conditions. In July 2016, PSA Group released new fuel consumption figures for 30 models covering Citroën, DS and Peugeot using the protocol. It plans to release data for all models by the end of 2016 and data on nitrogen oxide emissions in 2017. The results from PSA Group tests show an average fuel consumption increase of more than 30% compared to current EU combined fuel economy figures, which are carried out in laboratory conditions. Over a typical three years/90,000km cycle, fuel costs would be inflated by €1,000, impacting total cost of ownership. However, diesel retains its traditional fuel economy advantage over petrol. Greg Archer, clean vehicles director at Transport & Environment, said: 'The real-world tests [give] more representative information to drivers than the new laboratory test, helping them choose the most fuel-efficient cars. This scientific approach is robust, reproducible and reliable in measuring real carbon emissions. Thus, we urge the European Commission and all carmakers to use this test for regulatory and advertising purposes.' The European Union is finalising plans for new real-world emissions tests to be introduced in 2017, but they do not go far enough according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, which says tests need regular updating to ‘keep manufacturers guessing’ and prevent them from cheating the system.

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