Daimler Fights Tougher Truck Emissions Standards In Mexico
Officials Battling Worst Pollution in 14 Years
Compared to many parts of the world, most U.S. regions enjoy relatively high air quality, including formerly smog-choked Southern California. However, in many other parts of the world, emissions are only minimally regulated, if at all, resulting in unhealthy levels of pollutants, including ground-level ozone, NOx, CO, CO2, and particulates. The pollution is compounded in high-altitude environments, such as Mexico City. To help combat the city’s worst pollution levels in more than a decade, Mexican commercial vehicle regulators are proposing that new trucks abide by strict Euro 6 pollution standards. Daimler’s regional commercial truck divisions has voiced opposition to the proposal, saying the mandate would make new trucks too expensive and limit sales, defeating the initiative’s goal in the first place, Bloomberg reports.
Anpact, Mexico’s commercial vehicle trade association, is proposing a four-year phase-in of both Euro 5 and Euro 6 regulations, allowing greater affordability to new truck buyers. The biggest difference between Euro 5 and Euro 6 standards is the requirement for a diesel particulate filter in Euro 6. Proponents of the tougher regulations cite the fact that heavy trucks and buses that meet the tougher standards are already built in Mexico for export to the U.S. They also cite Daimler’s seeming hypocrisy on the issue, with the company praising the implementation of Euro 6 emissions standards in Europe while fighting them in Latin America.