Auto Companies Doctoring Eco-Friendly Results Reports Car Covers Pal
Nearly a third of emission reductions fraudulent
A new report from the European Commission is likely to stoke the already heated debate regarding carbon standards, after it found that cars are less fuel-efficient and more polluting than their makers lead consumers to believe.
The simulation utilized to test new cars have not always perfectly reflected actual emissions; however, the EC-Commissioned analysis from three different consulting firms found “flexibilities” squeezed consumers, benefited the manufactures of the automobiles, and jeopardized the European Union environment goals.
The testing techniques are using tires with extra traction, driving on unrealistically smooth roads, and other cheating variables that account for a third of recorded drops in average carbon dioxide emissions across the European Union between the period between 2002 and 2010.
"Frankly, people should be absolutely outraged. This is just taking money out of people's pockets. The industry is running rings around this procedure," one EU source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
The CO2 emissions were 167.2 grams per kilometer in 2001. Emissions were 140.4 g/km in 2010, according to report figures. The study attributed 9.1 g/km to the way testing was performed. That constitutes a third of the progress being falsified.
"This means that vehicles do not deliver end-users the promised fuel cost reductions, leading to consumer misinformation," said the report carried out by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), British-based AEA Ricardo and IHS Global Insight, of the United States.
The flexibilities are in widespread use, and could be exploited further as debate continues in Brussels regarding the implementation of the 2020 target to cut emissions by EU fleets to 95 g/km.
It is likely that the commission will have to alter its hopes and decide on just how much progress can be made on emissions, given that the manufacturers already toyed with totals thus far.
Chris Davies, the British Liberal member of the European Parliament, did not mince words when he stated: "The cheats are confounding the lawmakers and deceiving the public," he said.
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