EU fuel con­sump­tion move to cut run­ning costs

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By JAMES STAN­FORD

The run­ning costs of light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles are set to drop, thanks to a new EU fuel re­duc­tion push.

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment has voted to in­tro­duce new leg­is­la­tion that would make it manda­tory for van-mak­ers to slash fuel con­sump­tion, start­ing in 2014.

This leg­is­la­tion will still have to be given a tick by the EU Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, but is un­likely to be knocked back.

Com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles of up to 3500kg gross ve­hi­cle mass will have to meet an emis­sions rat­ing rather than fuel con­sump­tion tar­get, but the two fac­tors are very closely linked. The new stan­dard will be 175g/km of CO .

Not ev­ery model pro­duced will have to meet this tar­get straight away.

In 2014, 70 per cent of the ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer’s fleet must meet the stan­dard, mov­ing up 5 per cent each year un­til the en­tire fleet pro­duced meets the stan­dard by 2017.

There is at least one ex­emp­tion that has been de­clared from the start; man­u­fac­tur­ers pro­duc­ing fewer than 22,000 ve­hi­cles are likely to be given a free pass.

Ve­hi­cle pro­duc­ers are likely to pass on the cost of meet­ing the new stan­dards which re­quire more ex­pen­sive ex­haust treat­ment. The EU’s reg­u­la­tory body, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, es­ti­mates van prices will in­crease by around $1300 due to the new emis­sion re­quire­ments.

The price of light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, such as vans, is ex­pected to rise un­der the EU’s new emis­sions strat­egy

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