Daimler and other German automakers took the first step towards the new EU air conditioning refrigerant mandate.
Daimler recently announced it has already tasked its engineers with developing a new A/C system with non-flammable carbon dioxide, which would serve as an alternative non-flammable carbon dioxide auto industry.
“We could agree in Geneva to press ahead with this sustainable and safe solution together with Audi, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen, “Daimler research and development chief Thomas Weber said in a statement.
Daimler says that the new HFO-1234yf presents a much greater fire hazard than many of the automakers currently believe. Honeywell International, which is the refrigerant’s producer, and Daimler’s critics argue that a vehicle has many other flammable materials under its hood and say that Daimler only tries to avoid using the more expensive, climate-friendly HFO-1234yf in an attempt to save money.
Weber said on Tuesday, at the Geneva Motor Show, that the automaker is ready to pay the EU compensation for violating the directive. The EU requested the existing R134a refrigerant to be phased out by January and banned outright in 2017. The HFO-1234yf refrigerant has been tested since 2009 and results showed it was safe.