European cars set to face stricter emissions tests

European cars set to face stricter emissions tests 18th June 2015

New cars sold in Europe in the future could be set to face stricter tests around fuel emissions, after it was claimed that the current standards for this metric are out of date and do not give a true reflection of how harmful emissions can be. 

According to European Commission officials, the current lab tests used for new vehicles do not give a real reading for how cars perform in terms of emissions. New metrics would see tests take place on roads in order to give a real-life reading that is far more realistic and useful. 

It could mean that some cars that would have previously passed tests would need to have changes made to them in order to meet new European emissions standards. 

Experts in the industry have backed the move, saying it will be a real positive for the environment and will help to generally improve the level of emissions that are caused on the roads. 

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: "The existing NEDC fuel economy test for new cars had been widely criticised – in some cases results from the test bore little resemblance to the sorts of emissions generated through real-world driving. 

"It is a positive step that improved testing is finally moving outside the laboratory, and the RAC will be liaising closely with organisations that monitor the new test to understand just how much more accurate it is."

For many manufacturers, this is a move that has been expected for some time, and many are now starting to look towards the future by making alterations to their cars that will help them meet standards in years to come. 

However, others will not yet have done enough to make the move, and will be facing real changes across the next two years if proposals do indeed come into play by the end of 2017. 

Posted by Danielle Barge