BMW Considers EU CO2 Emissions Standards ‘Impossible to Meet’ image

BMW believes that the European Unions CO2 emissions standards for 2020 are too strict.

BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer says that the EU’s standards, which means an improvement of around 30% over current levels, are ‘impossible to meet’ without huge investments in technology which will require, of course, help from the government. Reithofer said that these standards were set without too much analysis and accused the EU of playing politics.

Still, BMW gives its best to manufacture cleaner vehicles, such as the i3 electric vehicle which will go on sale for about $40,000 later this year, followed by the i8 plug-in hybrid in 2014. Last November the German automaker also unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show a coupe concept version of the i3.

In March, the body representing European consumers said that the increasing oil prices will make driving vehicles less affordable if the EU doesn’t apply more stringent CO2 emissions standards. The European consumer organization BEUC urges the EU to set the CO2 emissions limit for new vehicles at 70 g/km for 2025, besides the 95 g/km goal set for 2020.

“Spikes in fuel prices cause immediate and financial pain for many consumers. A target for 2025 would therefore make consumers less vulnerable towards significant increases in fuel prices,” Monique Goyens, director general of BEUC, said.

Source: Autoblog Green