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Stalemate fixing dirty diesels: Countries putting carmakers’ needs before those of citizens

This briefing outlines how, more than a year since the VW scandal broke and almost a year since the new reform of EU testing system was proposed, there is minimal progress to tackle the legacy of dirty diesel cars on the road. No action whatsoever has been taken to reduce the emissions of 80% of the most grossly emitting diesel cars. Out of the 20% of cars subject to some recalls. The briefing also outlines how the latest leaked documents reveal that the majority of member states are also trying to block and weaken any future reform on the newly proposed Type Approval Framework Regulation, stripping the Commission of any powers to do independent checks on in-use vehicles.

Published on November 29, 2016 - 10:05

Dieselgate: Who? What? How?

This report, released on the first anniversary of the Dieselgate scandal, exposes the shocking number of dirty diesel cars on the EU’s roads and the feeble regulation of cars by national authorities that have focused on protecting their own commercial interests or those of domestic carmakers. In the US, following the disclosure that VW had cheated emissions tests, justice has been swiftly and effectively delivered. This is in stark contrast to Europe where VW claims it has not acted illegally, no penalties have been levied and no compensation has been provided to customers.

Published on September 19, 2016 - 00:02

Accelerating electric recharging infrastructure deployment in Europe

This paper provides a number of recommendations for the implementation of the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure (AFI) Directive and more specifically for a innovation-oriented implementation of standards mandated by the AFI Directive, namely the deployment of normal- and high-power recharging infrastructure, intermodal electro-mobility synergies, as well as smart charging and payment solutions. If left unchecked, these issues could have negative consequences for the wider uptake of electro-mobility.

Published on November 30, 2016 - 16:11

See, hear, speak no evil: Type Approval Authorities at the EMIS hearings

The latest round of hearings of the European Parliament’s enquiry committee into the emissions scandal (EMIS) focused on the primary law enforcers of EU testing system – national Type Approval Authorities (TAAs). This briefing summarises the replies of the authorities that attended the hearings (German, Italian, Dutch and Luxembourgish TAAs). Both written and oral answers of the national regulators confirm T&E’s assertion that authorities in charge of enforcing environmental and safety rules have consistently failed to do their job and rigorously scrutinise whether the vehicle complies with the requirements.
Published on November 28, 2016 - 10:27

Failure of indirect tyre pressure monitoring systems puts drivers and road users at risk

Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) designed to alert the driver when their tyres are deflating or at a dangerously low pressure have been mandatory in passenger cars in Europe since 2014. T&E has long been aware that the 'indirect' type of TPMS fails to deliver in real-world driving conditions, and is concerned that such systems could be optimised to pass the regulatory test but fail to perform appropriately on the road. We commissioned a set of tests on two vehicles equipped with such indirect systems to check their effectiveness. Both cars failed to pass most of the tests that slightly diverged from the prescribed protocol.

Published on November 7, 2016 - 09:55

Gasoline particulate emissions: The next auto scandal?

To tackle high exhaust particulate emissions, the European Commission has proposed a third real-world driving emission (RDE) package to be implemented from 2018 for all new cars. But leaks of the draft regulations and minutes of meetings with member states, plus documents prepared by carmakers, show there is concerted attempt to further weaken an already inadequate proposal. This is intended to circumvent the new test and avoid the need for carmakers to fit a simple Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) that costs just €25 and would clean up the emissions. The weaknesses in the proposal are explained in this paper along with who is lobbying to weaken the proposals and what is needed in order to avoid a future Petrolgate scandal of increasing particulate emissions.

Published on October 25, 2016 - 10:13

Electric vehicles in Europe - 2016

Electro-mobility offers an unequalled solution to make Europe’s transport more efficient and less polluting. But the market for electric vehicles (EVs - both battery and plug-in hybrids) has had several false dawns. Finally in 2015,  sales of electric cars reached the important milestone of a 1% market share. Overall electric car sales doubled in 2015 to 145,000. The most recent data in 2016 suggests further growth in 2016. Sales year to date suggest significantly more than 200,000 plug-in vehicles will be sold in Europe this year taking the total number of EVs on the road to more than 500,000.

Published on October 13, 2016 - 00:54

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