According to an environmental campaign group, which published a new report on Monday, the new European models are on average 40 percent less economical in terms of fuel consumption – thus spewing out an equal amount of more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
They tapped the latest development in the sector – VW’s emissions cheating scandal – claiming the duping of emissions tests was only part of the scenario that involves much more nefarious practices – and ones that directly affect the consumer as well as the planet. VW, the (interim) largest automaker in the world by sales has acknowledged it had used software to dupe US regulators when it comes to nitrogen oxide emissions and around the world 11 million autos were rigged.
Now a new report from Transport & Environment (T&E), a group that has ties to the European Commission, comes to clarify that other automakers might not have been involved in such practices. But instead the difference between lab testing and regular road performance in terms of fuel consumption is so massive (both in terms of emissions and consumption, as the two are connected) that further probes are required to see what carmakers are doing to achieve those “impossible” results. The study showed that among new EU autos, including from Mercedes, BMW, VW or PSA, the fuel consumption difference between real-world scenarios and factory data is as much as 50 percent. T&E has been trying for years to attract attention on the gap between lab testing and real-world driving, their first report on the subject being issued back in 1998.