Europe: study sees new cars polluting 38% more than advertised image

According to a new report, new cars on Europe’s roads actually could have C02 emissions 38% higher than their actually claimed ratings. The study claims the gap has deep implications for both buyers and the environment.

According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, the increased real-world emissions are a consequence of a lower than promised fuel economy, adding to the average driver across the region at least 450 euros ($570) each year.

The difference increased from 2011, when it was just at 8% and “for society as a whole, the gap more than halves the official carbon-dioxide reductions achieved during the last 10 years, making it more challenging to meet our CO2 reduction and climate-change mitigation objectives,” the council commented.

The group also points out to the mistakes that led to the current situation: laboratory tests are even less trust worthy as regulators accept shady results, don’t define better the standards and automakers don’t take into account features that impact consumption, such as air conditioning.

Over the past decade there has been a gradual move by EU regulators to enforce tighter energy efficiency goals across all industries, and are now mulling an emission testing standards makeover to better reflect real-world situations.

Via Automotive News Europe