Renault challenges recent claims over Espace’s high emissions image

Renault disputes the recent study of a green group that says the Espace minivan powered by the 1.6-litre diesel engine is polluting 25 times the legal limit.

As expected, the French carmakers contest the recent results of a report that shows the Renault’s Espace supposedly releases toxic diesel emissions 25 times over legal limits. “As previously stated, Renault reiterates that Espace complies with applicable regulations, just as all its vehicles,” the automaker said in a statement. Renault also said the test procedures used by the green group “are not all compliant with European regulations. The report shows important variations in test findings, which are not conclusive and require ‘additional measurements’. The company added that it wants to learn more about the tests, especially since Germany’s ADAC tested the Espace earlier this year “and concluded that it complied with regulations.”

The study, which has not been independently verified, was requested by the green lobby group DUH and commissioned from the University of Applied Sciences in Bern. According to the report, when the engine reaches its normal running temperature, the 1.6-litre Espace unit with the latest Euro 6 diesel generation emits up to 2.06 grams of NOx per kilometer. This would mean more than 25 times the European Union limit. The model falls within the legal 80 milligram cap only with a cold engine after “specific pre-conditioning”. The report was published in cooperation with the US International Council on Clean Transportation, the same independent nonprofit organization which initiated the original investigation that triggered VW’s scandal. “It’s unbelievable that so-called modern diesel vehicles that damage the air we breathe in this way are on the road today,” ICCT co-founder Axel Friedrich said in a statement.