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.
The EU’s first legislation limiting carbon dioxide emissions from light commercial vehicles (vans) has moved a step closer, but has been weakened in the process. MEPs on the European Parliament’s environment committee have voted to lower the emissions target for 2020, and have voted against imposing speed limiters.
A leading bank says it expects the market for electric vehicles to be bigger than the market for renewable energy over the next 10 years.
The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) has voted to weaken a proposed law setting fuel efficiency standards for new vans.
The Commission has launched its road safety programme for 2011-20, with a commitment to halve road deaths. The programme also contains the first official suggestion that the EU should consider obligatory speed limiters for vans, something T&E has been calling for.
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.
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.
New vans could be made up to 16% more fuel efficient and 10% cheaper to buy simply by reversing the upward trend in horsepower and using smaller engines according to new research.
Briefing on the TNO / CE report, "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.