The automakers involved in the European region have started to seek a delay in the introduction of the tougher new continental rules on the testing of vehicle emissions, which would most likely severely reduce their current fuel economy claims.
The European carmakers are pushing for a delay of no less than three years for the new rules implementation, Reuters has found through an industry paper. The European Commission is finally ready to modify the vehicle testing rules that had numerous loopholes – including driving on very smooth surfaces and taping up the gaps of doors and windows to achieve better ratings. The enhanced, tougher rules, should be up and ready by September 2017, but a paper written on behalf of the European industry auto trade group admits it “cannot envisage vehicle testing beginning before 1 January 2020″. The paper was written by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) also added that at least a year’s delay would likely be neded for the necessary preparation time needed by all producers to have the already-registered vehicles undergo the new testing procedures.
Back in 2013 the EU Commission published internal research that highlighted how manufacturers used lab technology to drop average fuel emissions across the continent by around one third – explaining why consumers always report higher average consumptions in real driving conditions than the ones advertised by the automakers. Today a meeting between EU member states officials and the Commission is scheduled to discuss the modified rules allowing the automakers to test their vehicles and the schedule for the introduction of the modifications.