New test for diesel cars

Member states have agreed on the first “on the road” NOx emission test for diesel cars.  The limit of 80 milligrams of nitrogen oxides per km for diesel cars was agreed back in 2007. Car emissions are currently assessed in laboratory tests that do not reflect real driving conditions, leading to results that are much better than the reality.

In several European cities air quality limits for nitrogen dioxide are exceeded, which causes asthma and shortens the life expectancy of inhabitants.

There are still a few details that need to be worked out, such as the starting date for the new test and if there is going to be a transition period for the industry to adapt.

Sources:  ENDS Europe, 20 May 2015
Press release T&E, 19 May 2015


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