Since May 20, it is possible to know the energy consumption of your vehicle during the technical inspection. An optional measure.
Does your hybrid car not use enough electricity to drive? This is what the representatives of the European Union are trying to find out. For this, they have established, since May 20, 2023, a record of the fuel consumption of the vehicle during the technical inspection of the last.
To do this, controllers can connect to an energy consumption data loggercalled OBFCM (on-board fuel consumption monitoring, control of fuel consumption on board). This last measures the volume of fuel used, as well as the amount of energy consumed. Everything is stored in a memory, which delivers its data to the controller.
This data is then transmitted to the central technical organization (OTC), then to the community authorities. The vehicle is only identified by its serial number, the identity of the owner remaining unknown. The objective for the European Union is just to know what the vehicle consumes. All without disturbing the owners, as Laurent Palmier, CEO of the Sécuritest network, explains to Challenges:
This is “a gesture that does not lengthen the effective duration of the examination and does not increase its cost. This allows “to monitor CO2 emissions in real time, model by model, type by type of engine”.
A gesture that it is possible to refuse
Nevertheless this measure is optional. By signing a document, the owner can object to their energy consumption data being collected. Also to note that no penalty is foreseen. Brussels simply seeks to monitor the consumption of internal combustion and plug-in hybrid cars.
However, the results could lead to changes in subsidies granted for the purchase of certain cars in the States of the European Union. Thus, hybrid models using too little electricity could see their purchase aids change in certain countries. But this remains at the hypothesis stage at the moment.
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