Environmental regulations in 2017
Test on pollutant emissions in driving condition
The car manufacturers are facing increasingly stringent regulations. In 2021, all new models should have reached 95g per Km of CO2 emissions. Besides, a new model of laboratory testing will be implement starting from 2017 in order to prevent the manufacturers from cheating, in the testing phase. This new test is baptised “RDE” (Real World Emissions).
This latest test cycle comes as a result to the publication of several studies showing that the majority of diesel vehicles travelling across Europe do not respect the limits imposed by the Euro V and Euro VI norms, in real-world driving condition. The diesel model of the “Fiat 500WX” which is said to be in compliance with the Euro VI norm pollutes up to 15 times more than the reference limit for the nitrogen oxides (NOx).
The new diesels will be allowed to pollute more than the real -world driving condition norm.
The car manufactures have already admitted that they cannot reach the diesel pollution objectives of 2020. The European Commission has agreed to allow them to pollute up to twice as much as the limit fixed by the European norms in the new emission tests.
The agreement reached with the European Commission stipulates that the new cars will be allowed to pollute up to 2,1 times more than the Euro VI norm limit between 2017 and 2019. And up to 1,5 times more than the limit in force between 2019 and 2021. The car manufactures have declared that those factors are crucial as it allows them to gain the necessary time to take up the technological challenge contained by this new regulation.