New EU emissions test could force up car prices
CARMAKERS – and motorists – could face new headaches if the EU brings in a proposed new way of testing emissions from 2017.
There is a strong push to replace the existing New European Drive Cycle (NEDC) test with a UN-sponsored trial called WLTP. According to Automotive News Europe (ANE), that will force carmakers to invest much more heavily to find ways to improve fuel efficiency and emission so their vehicles meet tougher limits.
And motorists could be hit by an increase in the price of their cars as automakers will pass on some of the additional cost of getting vehicles more efficient. However, it may come as a fillip to makers of electric and hybrids. Understandably the automakers want the new test put back until 2020.
The new WLTP test could double the emissions reduction faced by many automakers and cost billions, according to ANE.