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.
Joint statement by PSA Group and NGOs T&E and FNE on the release of official real-world fuel consumption measurements for Peugeot, Citroën and DS vehicles. French version here
Remarks by Transport & Environment executive director Jos Dings to the European Parliament committee of inquiry into emission measurements in the automotive sector (EMIS)
Carmakers will have to provide more realistic fuel economy figures for their new cars as of 2018 thanks to the introduction of a new CO2 laboratory test (WLTP – Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure). Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the decision reached last night between member states, the European Commission and the European Parliament.