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Carmakers exaggerated time needed for CO2 cuts

European carmakers are set to achieve mandatory EU targets for new car CO2 emissions years ahead of time according to a new report published today. One carmaker, Toyota, has almost met its target for the year 2015, six years in advance. The study's findings suggest that carmakers previously exaggerated the time needed to comply with car CO2 limits. Therefore targets now being discussed for vans should be tightened according to Transport & Environment.

Published on November 4, 2010 - 00:01

T&E studies show cheap and quick ways to cut fuel consumption of vans

The fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of vans can be cut much more quickly and cheaply than the European Commission's research suggests. That's the message from two new reports published by T&E. The first study says that fitting less powerful and smaller engines has been an overlooked but quick and cheap option to reduce emissions. The second report suggests emissions can be cut even more by limiting a vehicle's maximum speed.

Published on July 22, 2010 - 15:58


By Chris Bowers
Editor, T&E Bulletin
In June 2004, I wrote an open letter to the FIA, the governing body of Formula 1 motor racing, suggesting it ought to limit the amount of fuel available to drivers in grand prix races.

Published on July 22, 2010 - 15:15

Potential CO2 reduction from optimal engine sizing for light commercial vehicles

The average performance of light commercial vehicles has increased during the last decades. Due to this enhanced performance, the achieved levels of fuel consumption and CO2 emission reductions are smaller than the engine efficiency improvements realized in the same period. A possible way to realize this full potential is by modification of engine characteristics to historic power levels.

Published on June 21, 2010 - 11:06