STATES CHRONICLE – Carmakers all over the world are thinking about emission cuts since the implementation of strict rules. They are racing to annihilate harmful carbon dioxide emitted by cars due to severe pollution regulations. In Geneva, automakers which are preparing for the annual car show are celebrating the end of the crisis. European sales returned to levels which were popular in 2008 before a financial crisis will cut into their profits.
Nevertheless, emissions scandals cast a terrible shadow over these prospects, especially when it comes to Volkswagen, the European market leader. To recover, the company will need to fight against auto pollution, implying equally unprecedented costs. Marc Charlet, a spokesperson of Mov’eo, a mobility and automotive research network, claimed that all alternative solutions are extremely expensive.
He also argued that the competition between automakers is fierce. European regulations regarding combustion engines were predicted to become event rough than before. Nevertheless, Volkswagen’ carbon dioxide emissions deluding was considered the biggest pollution scandal in the auto industry. The company has now is willing to implement emission cuts.
Based on the data provided by the European Environmental Agency, all cars with safer and cleaner alternative technologies are not that popular, revealing that only 1.2% of car sales in Europa in 2015 represent electric vehicles which are friendly to the environment. Back in 2015, Volkswagen stated that it had equipped approximately 11 million diesel engines with software to avoid emissions tests.
Now, to meet European regulations, automakers are forced to head towards implementing engines which emit less than 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer by 2021. Back in 2015, the rules stated that the limit of car emissions was estimated at 130 grams of carbon dioxide. The new target which was set appears to be harder to get since diesel vehicles got a bad reputation due to emissions scandals.
Christophe Aufrere, a technology strategist at Faurecia, a car parts maker, claimed that diesel vehicles are bound to emit 15% less carbon dioxide per kilometer compared to gasoline-boosted vehicles. Thus, gasoline-fueled cars have to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions, asking the car industry to obtain more efficiency from engines and repress the weight of cars. If automakers do not manage to do this, they will suffer the consequences.
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