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Vehicle manufacturers call for urgent clarity on emissions test

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The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has reiterated that it fully agrees with the need for emissions to more closely reflect real-world conditions (RDE), following the debate on real-driving emissions during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday.

“We urgently need to have a new test method to bridge the gap between the current laboratory testing of pollutant emissions, as defined by law, and the very different conditions expernced on the road,” said Erik Jonnaert, secretary general of ACEA.

Alongside other stakeholders, ACEA has contributed to the efforts of the European Commission and member states to develop a robust RDE test.

During the October meeting of the Commission’s regulatory committee (TCMV) a compromise was agreed on RDE with testing standards that will be extremely difficult for vehicle manufacturers to reach in a short space of time, and highly-challenging targets in a second step.

The TCMV also agreed that the RDE conformity factor should be reviewed in the future.

“Despite the challenges in the latest proposals, the industry urgently needs clarity now so manufacturers can plan the development and design of vehicles in line with the new RDE requirements," said Jonnaert.

"Any delay to this legislation would leave little time to make the necessary changes and ultimately would just push back the benefits for the environment.

“Our industry needs the RDE test to restore the confidence of consumers and legislators in the environmental performance of new vehicles.”

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