A hard job may be getting a little harder for European automakers looking to meet stricter emissions mandates. Automakers charged with cutting fleetwide emissions by about 27 percent by 2021 may have to shave off even more emissions by then if the European Union has its way. That's because the EU is looking at instituting a new testing program to measure emissions in a way that some analysts say is more accurate than the long-held New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) testing system, Automotive News Europe says.

The World Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), which is supported by the United Nations, is said to provide more real-world information on driving emissions, and the EU wants to put that program into place by 2017. Automakers want to push that back to at least 2020. That's because the current system may underestimate emissions by as much as 30 percent, meaning the new emissions goals will seem to be that much harder to reach if the WLTP testing standard is put into place. The need for even lower real-world emissions could add on as much as 800 Euros (almost $1,100 US) to the cost of building a typical car.

As it is, German automakers like BMW have already been saying that meeting the 2021 emissions standards will be difficult, if not impossible, without investments that will require some governmental funding input. Even automakers like Renault, which this spring became the first European automaker to get fleetwide emissions below the 115 grams of CO2 per kilometer mark, may have more of a challenge meeting next decade's emissions standards than previously thought.

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      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's understandable that the Germans ( and specialist car makers) see the EU rules as being driven by the French for their own benefit. Renault, (part owned by the French government) has long resented Germany's manufacturing ascendancy. This is especially true in auto-manufacture. The EU itself has become a massive bureaucratic nightmare. German public opinion is slowly becoming convinced, with some justification, that the entire EU fiasco is has become a gigantic money pit, financed largely at the expense of Germany, and increasing to Germany's disadvantage. The success of far-right parties in EU elections, has shown that the EU itself is in desperate need of reform.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Even Auto makers like renault may have more of a challenge meeting next decade emission standard" Maybe or maybe not, renault/ nissan uses smaller engines (except for infiniti) which is easier to cut emission, BMW on the other hand mostly uses large to very large engines which is more difficult to cut emissions.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wah wah wah. Tesla's overall fleet efficiency is over 90mpge EPA, which of course would be much higher by CAFE/NEDC protocols. If they can do it, other automakers can too. 2020 my ass. Make it 2014.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ itsme38269 There are over 80 million motor vehicle produced every year, sold to a very wide range of customers, with very different needs and circumstances. Brilliant as Tesla is, it's output of 25,000 units of one very specialised model, doesn't solve the problem for other car makers manufacturing for the world market. Indeed, BMW could logically argue that the ship that brings a Tesla S to Europe, emits more pollution than BMW's entire production of 2 million vehicles per year. Getting to fanatical, and unrealistic doesn't help resolve the problem.
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