• Dec 18th 2008 at 11:33AM
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Last time we told you about the EU's new CO2 limits, they were almost done. Naturally, the politicians needed a bit more time to discuss them, but now it is official: the EU has new CO2 limits for cars. The numbers remain the same: automakers will have to sell an array of cars that produce an average of 130 g/km in 2015. This limit will be gradually implemented: 65 percent of the fleet should be compliant in 2012, 75 percent in 2013, 80 percent in 2014 and 100 percent in 2015 (of course, all this still has to be passed by the European Commission, but they will surely say yes). An additional 10 g/km should be achieved using alternative fuels and tire pressure monitors. Small manufacturers were saved in the process: those that manufacture fewer than 10,000 units per year will have to set their own reduction targets, whereas niche automakers, those selling between 10,000 and 30,000 cars per year, are expected to reduce their emissions by 25 percent from the 2007 figure.

The ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers Association) said that they agreed with this new legislation but, because of "the current financial and economic crises, the auto manufacturers reiterate their urgent call on EU governments and institutions to support short and long-term automotive development and manufacturing in the EU." France's President Sarkozy said that helping the automakers would be fine, as long as factories weren't taken to other countries (Renault barely makes cars in France anymore, for example). ACEA also expressed concern on how the €95 per excess gram of CO2 would hit the auto industry, compared to other polluting counterparts (*ahem* coal electricity generation *cough*).

As some of our readers pointed out, we can establish an approximate comparison of mileage figures and amount of carbon emissions per km. We got our hands on a full table, which you can find after the jump.

[Source: SMMT, ACEA]

CO2 g/km mpg U. S. (gasoline) mpg U. S. (diesel) mpg Imp. (gasoline) mpg Imp. (diesel) l/100km (gasoline) l/100km (diesel)
100 56.0 61.9 67.3 74.3 4.2 3.8
120 47.0 51.1 56.5 61.4 5.0 4.6
130 43.5 48.3 52.3 58.0 5.4 4.9
140 40.5 45.2 48.7 54.3 5.8 5.2
160 34.6 39.2 41.5 47.1 6.8 6.0
180 31.0 34.5 37.2 41.5 7.6 6.8
200 28.0 31.0 33.6 37.2 8.4 7.6
220 25.6 28.0 30.7 33.6 9.2 8.4
240 23.5 26.1 28.2 31.4 10.0 9.0
300 18.6 20.6 22.4 24.8 12.6 11.4
350 16.1 17.8 19.3 21.4 14.6 13.2
400 14.0 15.6 16.8 18.8 16.8 15.0
450 12.4 13.8 14.9 16.6 19.0 17.0

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      • 6 Years Ago
      What does this mean for carmakers like BMW who import cars from Germany to the United States? I really like most of the cars they make but they won't be around under these rules. In fact, I don't think any of the cars sold in the states by German manufacturers meet this goal, with the notable exception of VW and Audi's most anemic engines.

      Not all of us are fooled by teeny, tiny, slow econoboxes with leather racing seats and alloys.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think BMW will be able to handle this just fine. With their EfficientDynamics technology (don't know if only the European models have this?), they're getting pretty fuel efficient and the emissions aren't bad either.

        >> Not all of us are fooled by teeny, tiny, slow econoboxes with leather racing seats and alloys.

        Why is the speed of your car so important for you? If you like the adrenaline, go surfing, skiing, whatever, but don't pollute the world just for your kicks.
      • 6 Years Ago

      I think that the eu parliement is just confessing their own sins by rejecting their past sins to the automakers. It's like they say that it's the automakers that do the pollution while them collected billions and billions from the oil in the past and they still don't want that this change so they make useless laws. The only thing it can do is to put all manufacturers and customers into technical bankrupcy where each car is potentially illegal now and especially in a couple of years. What will happen if you buy a big mercedes and you want to sell it used in 5 years, will the law be the same or will they say that that car must be penalised by the new owner withh 2 00 euros special tax or a special tax if you put more then 5 gallon for one day. All they do right now is pure state terrorism. 42 mpg as an average is almost impossible except for a smart. What about natural gas instead of gasoline or diesel??

      Theses laws are just mad. Mercedes, bmw, audi are deluxe brand and fial reneauld and citroen are cheap brand. So the cheap are sponsored and the big penalysed. Who spend more for a car, the richs so the poors can build it and spend money on other thing then car if they prefer make ski in the alps on week-ends.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For the information off all

      Gasoline releases 8788 gCO2/gallon when burned. 130 g/km means [8788/130] 67.6 km/gallon, which means 42 miles/gallon.

      Not bad really.

      Does anyone know if the Europeans use the CURRENT drive cycle to establish this average? In America we use the 1975 drive cycle for our CAFE standards, not the 2007 drive cycle mileage that gets posted on the window sticker. Vehicles that meet the 35 mpg CAFE, if tested on the 2007 drive cycle would rate about 27 mpg.

      In other words, the Europeans think their automakers are 55% more capable than we think ours are.

      What do you think?
      • 6 Years Ago
      All that messy talking and decision for all contries and these studies and project are just plain madness to impede hydrogen gas in transportation. They obviously just buy time to re-organize the money taxes from petrol because all these s*it cars can be fitted for a tousand boxs to run on water... So each day actual car manufacturers are giving power to politicians and banks and petrol and are robbing power and money from car owners and drivers. The manufacturers are maybe thinking that they act for peace for everyone by doing nothing and accept money from illegal cartels( big-oil-goverments-banks) and don't need money from honest customers..

      Remember the brands, toyota, gm, renauld, citroen, volks, etc.
      Let them die and just keep your used car for longer time. Yes it will make big oil survive more time but actual car manufacturers are just a bunch of nobody without any respect for customers.
      Big oil is maybe less criminal then car manufacturers because with big oil you are aware that you are badly serve and with actual car manufacturers you don't know that you are badly served.

      If we put an actual value on all the car manufacturers put together it amount to maybe 3 billions. Big oil on the opposite have a value of maybe 4000 billions. If these Mad car manufacturers adopt hydrogen then the values can switch 100% and big oil will have a value of nothing in 5 years, LOL.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Obviously the EU parliament isn't owned by the oil companies like congress is!
      • 6 Years Ago
      These goals are gonna be met by the car manufactures and it will be fairly simple. They will just restructure their businesses so that they can meet the average of 130 g/km. But not much will change because in Europe the downsizing trend already begun. There are several models that range from 90 to 113 g/km already. And allot of people are driving smaller cars already because of $9 dollars a gallon (taxed) of gas back in June. For example the VAG group will just make pools for their brands to meet the average. So allot of hybrids and small cars with 2 or 3 cylinders. For power we just use turbo's this way Porsche and Audi (belonging to VW) can still make 500hp cars etc. So average cars will be eco while the luxury cars still pollute so no big changes here.
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