As Dieselgate turns one year old, a new study by Transport & Environment (T&E) reveals that Volkswagen is currently selling the least polluting (Euro 6) diesel vehicles. Nonetheless, the marque caught cheating in the US also has the most grossly polluting Euro 5 vehicles on the road, which were sold between 2011 and 2015. The better performance of Volkswagen Euro 6 cars has nothing to do with the Dieselgate, but with better technology choices made before the scandal burst. The report Dieselgate: Who? What? How? also found that not one single brand complies with the latest air pollution limits (‘Euro 6’) for diesel cars and vans in real-world driving.
This dinner, kindly hosted by Christel Schaldemose MEP and Ivan Štefanec MEP, will aim to contribute to the current Parliament and Council deliberations on the newly proposed type approval reform. The discussion will touch on the key provisions that are necessary to make the EU vehicle testing system more robust and independent, such as giving the Commission power to re-test cars, having better market surveillance of vehicles on the road, having better accountability of national regulators, and increased transparency. Speakers will include representatives from EU institutions, consumers, technical services, third party testing organisations and NGOs.You can register for the event here.
The Financial Times today on its front page [paywall] reported that the French government investigation into Dieselgate omitted crucial details about how Renault's diesel cars were able to emit much more harmful emissions on the road than in the lab. Allegedly, the state inquiry, known as Commission Royal after the minister in charge of the investigation Ségolène Royal, did not disclose the full results of studies analysing the enormous gap between real-world performance and lab test results of certain models including the Renault Captur.
The race to electrify mobility took an important step forward with a series of announcements from German carmakers on new electric cars and trucks. This coincided with a strong signal from the European Commission, through its Low-Emission Mobility Strategy, that electric vehicles, and not diesel-powered ones, have the principal role in decarbonising transport.
The call by the French commission investigating Dieselgate to strengthen the systems for approving cars has been welcomed by Transport & Environment, but the organisation said this will only have an effect on new models many years from now. We have an air pollution crisis killing hundreds of thousands of people each year in Europe’s cities and we need action today, the sustainable transport group said.
Questions to Mr Jos Dings, Executive Director forEMIS hearing on 4 July 2016
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) must stop acting for carmakers and start rigorously approving and bringing into compliance diesel cars in order to protect citizens from high levels of nitrogen oxides emissions, sustainable transport group Transport and Environment (T&E) has said. The group echoed the message from the UK House of Commons Transport Select Committee.