Car Makers Concerned About EU’s Upcoming Regulation on Diesel Vehicles

The war on diesel cars is just beginning with the European manufacturers stating their concern over the upcoming EU regulation that will change the way diesel car emissions are measured.

More specifically, the new regulation will demand diesel automobiles sold in the EU to be emission-tested on roads rather than in labs, starting in September 2017.

The voices against the laboratory tests are growing for the past few months, criticizing their accuracy in showing the true level of dangerous emissions coming from diesel cars. Cities like Paris and London are already planning new measures to ban or limit the use of diesel-powered vehicles in their premises with the French capital wanting to forbid them completely by 2020.

The new regulation will introduce an all-new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test which will require manufacturers to make major changes in testing and developing new vehicles.

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) has acknowledged the need to change in order to better measure NOx emissions but in order to accomplish the new regulation by September 2017, the European Commission must deliver the full details of the RDE regulation by June-July 2015.

Mr Jonnaert, Secretary General of ACEA said: “ACEA calls on the Commission to urgently deliver a complete proposal for Real Driving Emissions by June or July at the latest for a positive decision in the regulatory committee. We need to make more progress on clarifying all testing conditions to ensure a robust RDE regulation could commence from September 2017. Automobile manufacturers remain concerned about the piecemeal approach the Commission is taking in preparing this proposal. This is not smart regulation. We need clarity in advance so that we can plan the development and design of vehicles in line with the new requirements.”

Diesel vehicles are currently accounting for almost half of new-car sales in Europe, mostly because of their better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. Diesel engines emit though higher levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates which have been known to cause health problems like lung disease, asthma and even cancer.

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  • Six_Tymes

    This is good news and its about time, tired of breathing the dirty diesel fumes.

    • Art Sloan

      Good, the governments who pushed people to buy diesel cars because of their proven superior efficiency can help provide subsidies to buy gasoline cars.

      • Galaxium

        Not exactly sure how governments “pushed” people to purchase diesel vehicles.
        Anyways, diesel has been shown over and over again to pollute air to terrible levels. The air is absolutely revolting in Paris.

        • cozappz

          “smartacus • 19 days ago

          How come regulations on diesel vehicles never extend to real problem: namely diesel busses, trucks, vans?”

          Indeed.
          Does Paris or London run electric-only or hydrogen buses, trucks and vans in the city?
          Does Paris or London encourage people to ride bikes by having on all streets dedicated bike lanes?
          Does Paris or London public transportation have the park-and-ride system implemented and used regularly?

          I believe we are looking to the problem from a very limited angle.

  • Ernesto Soldado

    Everyone knew about the adverse effects of diesel fumes for quite a long time now. But just as vw, mercedes and bmw has usable hybrid technology, it becomes an urgent matter to get rid of diesel cars…

  • Miroku

    About time, get rid of this diesel crap!

  • Sébastien

    France has been way above 50% of diesels, even on submini models 🙁

  • smartacus

    How come regulations on diesel vehicles never extend to real problem: namely diesel busses, trucks, vans?

    • jarooo4

      So how do you want to get rid of this vehicles?

      • smartacus

        How of this vehicles does i wants to get rid of?

      • hmfa

        In the city I live in, public transportation buses already run either on LPG (GPL/autogas) or hydrogen. You make think it doesn’t make a difference but it really does. The difference is enormous from when they used diesel.

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