Bombshell Report Claims Widespread Diesel Cheating in Europe
Volkswagen Models Among Some of the Cleanest
Volkswagen may currently be the most public whipping boy for diesel emissions cheating since revelations last year that it installed “cheat device” software on U.S. models to meet strict EPA emissions standards. However, a new report by Transport and Environment, a Europe-based independent coalition of researchers, scientists, and public policy analysts, claims that Volkswagen’s misdeeds are just the tip of the iceberg in a much larger emissions manipulation scheme, in which most new diesel models built between 2009 and 2015 released much higher than permitted levels of NOx, the main component at issue with the VW cheating scandal.
The report looked at both Euro 5 and Euro 6 cars. The Euro 6 standard is the tougher of the two, and most Euro 6 models employ a urea SCR aftertreatment system to control NOx emissions. The study found the dirtiest Euro 5 models were produced by Renault/Nissan, followed by Land Rover, Hyundai, Opel/Vauxhall (General Motors), and Fiat (including Alfa Romeo and Jeep). The “cleanest” Euro 5 models were made by Seat (owned by VW), Honda, BMW, Ford and Peugeot/Citroën. When Euro 6 models were surveyed, the results were much the same, with Fiat Group models the worst offenders, followed by Nissan/Renault, Opel/Vauxhall, and Hyundai models. The VW Group, including Seat, Skoda and Audi, were among the cleanest, followed by the BMW Group, including Mini, Mazda and Honda.
However, in sheer number of polluting vehicles, Volkswagen took the crown with more than 3.6 million “dirty” Euro 5 models in Europe, followed by Renault, Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz, and Citroën. The report claims several cheating schemes by manufacturers. In addition to VW’s sophisticated software than detects specific test protocols, it was found some Fiat Group models ran a “clean” calibration for the first 22 minutes of operation. Most emissions lab tests run approximately 20 minutes. The organization is not entirely objective in its agenda, with the report concluding and advocating for broad-based electrification of the automotive sector and a gradual phase-out of new diesel models across the EU and globally. You can read the 30-page report in its entirety at the link below.
Source: Transport and Environment