European automakers lobby for eased CO2 ruling image

The continent’s manufacturers continue to issue lingering warnings against the governmental bid to further curb down emissions by introducing even tighter carbon emission goals for new vehicles.

The automakers and European Union officials are locked on opposing sides as the carmakers would gladly see lax emissions rules as opposed to the governments which judge the problem on a global scale and want greenhouse emission to go down as fast as possible. The current rules will already take effect as of 2021 and now the officials of every EU country need to consider the following levels, taking into effect from 2030. Meanwhile, the automakers believe even tighter rules would definitely impact their global competitiveness. Industry leaders have already met and decided to lobby the European Union on achieving more balance on the upcoming regulations for new vehicles – asking them to devise new measures that could actually lower the greenhouse gas emissions of autos already on the roads of the continent. “This includes the carbon content of fuels, driver behavior, infrastructure and the potential of intelligent transport systems,” commented Renault Nissan chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn, who also spoke to the media as the current chairman of European automakers association ACEA.

The European Commission has already devised the rules for new cars for 2021 – the average fleet wide emissions need to go down under the limit of 95 gram per kilometer – while the European average currently stands at 123.4g/km as of last year. According to ACEA, only complying with the current set of rules is scheduled to add up to 2,000 euros to production costs per vehicle.

Via Automotive News Europe