[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]The Bundesrat, the country’s upper house of parliament, will vote tomorrow (Friday 8 July) on a CO2 labelling law for cars that bases green labels on the ratio of weight to CO2 emissions.
Arne Richters of Transport & Environment said:
“The German car industry has persuaded its government to produce a green label that would put the Panzer tank in the same fuel efficiency category as a Smart car. The industry are treating their customers with contempt by conning them into thinking their gas guzzling SUVs are green.”
The proposed German label puts the German government on a collision course with the European Commission as a 1999 EU law prohibits car labelling ‘if their display might cause confusion to potential consumers of new passenger cars’ (1).
Richters said: “The German government should go back to the drawing board and then come forward with a new law on labelling to give consumers a much clearer picture of how polluting a car is, and how much it will cost at the pump.”
Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid – 196 g CO2/km 2315kg
Citroen C3 Hdi – 114 g CO2/km 1190kg
Proposed Label C
Land Rover Discovery – 244g CO2/km – 2650kg
Toyota IQ – 99g CO2/km – 920kg
Proposed Label E
Audi Q7 – 298g CO2/km – 2710kg
Fiat Panda – 119g CO2/km – 915kg
Smart Mhd – 103g CO2/km – 750kg
Panzer Tank(!) – 5850g CO2/km – 62,000 kg