European Carmakers are Still Fudging Emission Tests

by Lloyd Alter, Treehugger

But this time they are making cars look dirtier, not cleaner.

You might think that European carmakers would have learned something from the last emissions scandal that almost sunk Volkswagen and destroyed diesel. In fact, they are still at it. But this time it is different; instead of making their cars look cleaner, they are actually trying make them look dirtier.

The European Commission is demanding that carmakers reduce emissions by 15 percent between 2020 and 2025, so instead of making their emissions look artificially low, they now want them to look higher, so that the reductions are easier to achieve, since they are starting at a higher base point.

According to Patrick McGee in the Financial Times, the commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) found that test vehicles were configured to inflate emissions.

Detailed test data from two vehicles found what appeared to be deliberate distortion: “Tests were carried out starting with a depleted battery, so that additional fuel was consumed to charge the battery during the test,” the JRC wrote. The stop-start function — a system to shut down the engine when idle to cut emissions — was disabled. The JRC also found “gear-shifting strategies” in which cars were driven in gears that would cause a “significant” rise in CO2 emissions.

This apparently caused emissions to appear between 4.5 and 13 percent over their normal configurations.

They do not say which carmakers in particular are the villains here, just that the authorities are not amused, saying, “We don’t like tricks.” They will look for “measured values, not those declared by the carmakers” and will monitor enforcement.

The EU is demanding that emissions be reduced by 30 percent by 2030. Given that these numbers are so meaningless, perhaps they should reconsider and demand 100 percent reductions. Surely in 12 years we could go all electric.

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Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Vincent T
Vincent T3 months ago

thank you for sharing

Thomas M
Past Member 6 months ago

thanks for the update

Chad A
Chad Anderson8 months ago

Thank you.

John W
John W8 months ago

Are they really though?

JinnySITEISSUES L8 months ago

Profits are more important to them than the health of this earth and its species.....and, yes, humans are in this category. But then again, humans have the choice to purchase a vehicle that is kind to the earth. But, unfortunately, many humans simply don't give a sh*t. Thanks for posting.

Ann B
Ann B8 months ago

money talks america doesn't need to buy these vehicles

Ruth S
Ruth S8 months ago


Celine R
Celine Russo8 months ago

They should start investing already in electric cars...

Lisa M
Lisa M8 months ago