Acea calls for delays in emissions tests

Acea calls for delays in emissions tests

The european automobile association acea wants to postpone the tightening of new exhaust emission tests. The industry association criticized in brussels today that since the rules for the tests planned for september 2017 may not be finalized until may, manufacturers do not have enough lead time. The eu commission showed little understanding for the demand.

In principle, the requirements should still be agreed in december, but until they are finally decided, it was allowed to take several more months.

"We are facing a very practical problem," explained acea secretary general erik jonnaert. "The uncertainty of new specifications simply leaves manufacturers too little time to make the necessary changes in the design of vehicles, engines, exhaust systems and assembly lines."In principle, however, acea is in favor of stricter rules. Jonnaert complained that the complex requirements were introduced in several packages. "Sensible planning has become an almost impossible task for car manufacturers."

The eu commission rejected the criticism. "The problem of air pollution is well known, as is the commission’s firm intention to gradually strengthen emissions tests," a spokeswoman explained in response to a question. "Car manufacturers should start designing vehicles with lower particle emissions and introduce the necessary filters in gasoline cars, which are already widely used for diesel cars. Public health is at stake and we have no time to lose."

Pollutants are to be tested in the future with cars in the european union no longer in the laboratory, but in the driving operation on the road (rde tests). The procedure has been used on a trial basis since the beginning of the year, and will gradually become compulsory from september onwards.

The eu commission wants to further specify and expand the requirements, for example, to measure the emission of dangerous small particles. In addition, it wants to better map short city trips with cold engine. National experts are to vote on the plan on 20. December uber the plan vote. Since the european parliament has the right of appeal, it will take several months before the new requirements are finally adopted.