According to a report in a German newspaper, the European Union plans to launch proceedings against Germany over Daimler’s continued use of a banned refrigerant in its new Mercedes-Benz cars.
According to the Handelsblatt report, which cited Commission sources, EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani says Germany is flouting European law and ignoring EU climate protection policies by allowing Daimler to continue to use the R134a refrigerant instead of a newer, more environmentally friendly refrigerant, HFO-1234yf, which Daimler says can cause fires.
Daimler has declined to use HFO-1234yf air-conditioning refrigerant, which is made by Honeywell and DuPont, despite a EU-wide phase out of R134a that began in January 2013. The new refrigerant is designed to meet a EU directive to reduce greenhouse gases in air-conditioning systems in cars.
Daimler says it is developing an air-conditioning system that uses carbon dioxide as the refrigerant and the automaker is “confident” it will reach its goal of having its alternative refrigerant ready by the end of 2017. Germany’s DPA newswire also cited a Daimler spokesman as saying the company would work with the EU to be as transparent as possible over the issue.
Via Automotive News Europe