EU fuel consumption move to cut running costs
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