European Commission’s new stricter emission tests will confirm Autogas benefits
The European Commission has announced that from 1 September 2017, new car models have to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving conditions (“Real Driving Emissions” – RDE) as well as an improved laboratory test (“Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure” – WLTP) before they can be driven on European roads.
“The new emissions tests are a milestone in our ongoing work for cleaner and more sustainable cars over the coming years,” said the European Union Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen.
The implementation of these new and more stringent procedures will confirm the environmental benefits of alternative fuel vehicles, including Autogas, in real world conditions.
These benefits were put in evidence when the LPG industry proactively and with the support of independent experts, tested the environmental performance of Autogas cars on real journeys. Autogas vehicles bring a 90% particle number (PN) emissions reduction and a 98% NOx emissions reduction compared with equivalent petrol and diesel models respectively.
“From these RDE test results, it is clear that Autogas brings significant reductions in NOx and particles emissions compared to equivalent diesel and petrol cars respectively. Choosing Autogas means reducing pollution and protecting people’s health, for real,” added Cécile Nourigat, Autogas Manager at the European LPG Association (AEGPL).
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