This is an astonishing report which comes to us from the European Court of Auditors. According to the latter, the ever more drastic standards on CO2 emissions from vehicles… have only had very limited interest. Only the arrival of electric cars can reduce these emissions, according to this report published on January 24.
“Despite strong ambitions and strict requirements, most passenger cars on European roads still emit the same amount of CO2 as they did 12 years ago.”
The broadcasts do not have “started to decline significantly” that in 2020, either “11 years after the entry into force of the first regulation”. “As emissions in real conditions from combustion engine cars have not decreased, this drop is mainly explained by the significant growth in electric vehicles.”
Making electric vehicles affordable
And the authors of this report draw a simple conclusion: we must “making electric vehicles affordable”. But also “put in place enough charging infrastructure and (…) guarantee the supply of raw materials necessary for the production of batteries”.
“The main challenge to meet the emissions reduction targets for 2023 and beyond will be to ensure that individuals switch sufficiently to zero-emission vehicles”reports the European Court of Auditors.
Efforts in the laboratory, not on the road
According to this report, the CO2 emissions reduction targets for cars and the EU’s climate ambitions by 2030 do not “do not agree sufficiently”. We can then wonder why the most drastic standards have been put in place in recent years, if they have no effect.
An explanation for this is put forward in the report: it is the difference for laboratory emissions and those on the road. Manufacturers would, in fact, have focused on these firsts. When the latter depend on the behavior of the driver, traffic or even the use of air conditioning.
A discrepancy which is therefore not the fault of the manufacturers. This is simply data that cannot be controlled. In the meantime, this creates a big gap with laboratory measurements. The fact is that even the modification, in 2017, of the laboratory test cycle, in order to better reflect reality, was clearly not enough.
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To sum up
Despite ever more drastic measures against CO2 emissions from cars in Europe, pollution has not decreased. Only the arrival of zero-emission electric cars has enabled progress on this point, according to a report from the European Court of Auditors. This is why we need to make electric cars even more affordable.
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