February 4, 2016
EU to reform emissions testing following further scandal 0
“Before you start pointing your fingers, make sure your hands are clean” – Bob Marley. A quotation Volkswagen might want to start sharing with some of their rivals amidst new emission scandal news.
Independent consumer company Which? have shockingly discovered that over 95% of diesel cars and 10% of petrol cars pump out more nitrous oxides than limits allow. Perhaps even more shocking – considering the extent in which they have been specifically tarred and feathered for their crimes – is that the reports find that Volkswagen are not alone in fabricating emission figures.
Some of the findings of the report make for a worrying read. We quote from the study:
- Nearly all (95%) diesel cars emitted more NOx during tests than official limits allow. The Jeep Grand Cherokee emitted 15 times as much NOx as the Euro 5 limit.
- One in 10 petrol cars also emitted more NOx than limits allow.
- Two-thirds (65%) of petrol cars emit more Carbon Monoxide than the 2006 limit (Euro 4), with one model, the Hyundai Veloster, producing five times the legal limit in our tests.
- Despite being a hybrid, the Peugeot 508 RXH also creates more NOx than EU limits. Several petrol hybrids (the worst being the Lexus LS) also create more CO than limits would allow
When it came to discovering which cars are clean and which have higher emission figures than reported, Which? found that “It’s almost everyone. Whether diesel, petrol or hybrid, the majority of cars exceed EU emission limits when faced with our more realistic tests.” Some modern cars are so excessive in the NOx emitted, that they would not “meet any EU emission limits from this century.” This news will further propel the EU to carry out their recent promises of overhauling European vehicle emissions testing.Part of these reforms will include distancing test centres from car manufacturers, as currently the opportunity manufacturers fund the majority of testing centres, creating a far too real possibility of bias. The EU commission would also look to introducing spot tests on vehicles already on the road, to test how the emission figures are maintaining after real world usage. Currently, emissions are only tested on cars before entering the market.
There’s no denying that these latest findings, along with the notorious Volkswagen emission scandal that looks set to cost them billions in US lawsuits, have left a sour taste for a lot of consumers concerned about their global footprint. EU Commissioner Jyrki Katainen said that it is essential “To regain customers’ trust in this important industry” and “to restore a level playing field and fair competition in the market.”Draft proposals have been written and sent to the EU Parliament and, if approved, reforms will set place before 2017.
What more can be said about these emission scandals that hasn’t been said already. We hope all car manufacturers keep these parting words in mind – winners never cheat and cheaters never win.