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Policy solutions to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions under real-world driving conditions

Policymakers worldwide are looking for ways to address the challenge of controlling real-world emissions brought to forefront by the Volkswagen case. In this position brief, we propose a rapid and...
Published 2015.10.01: Publication

Dispelling some myths about the gap between test-lab and real-world vehicle CO2 emissions

We've just released the annual update to our From Laboratory to Road series, which documents the growing gap between official, or type-approval, CO2 emissions from passenger cars in Europe and their... An explanation of what has and has not caused the gap between test-lab and real-world vehicle CO2 emissions to increase by over 30 percentage points in just over a decade.
Published 2015.09.30: Blog Post

Global milestone: The first million electric vehicles

Milestones are important, and numbers, especially large round numbers, make good ones. The automobile was born in 1879. Probably a little more than three decades later the millionth automobile took... Sometime this month, somewhere in the world, the millionth modern electric vehicle will hit the road. And in NYC, farsighted governments of the new International ZEV Alliance are coming together to...
Published 2015.09.29: Blog Post

Transition to a global zero-emission vehicle fleet: A collaborative agenda for governments

Governments around the world are seeking to promote electric vehicles—to reduce oil consumption, climate-related emissions, and local air pollution, and to stake out an industrial leadership...
Published 2015.09.29: Publication

Brazil is not ready for diesel cars

Sales of diesel passenger cars and commercial vehicles with capacity inferior to 1,000 kg have been banned in Brazil since the 1970s, a step the country took primarily to improve trade balances by... Brazil should hold the line and continue to ban sales of diesel passenger cars.
Published 2015.09.28: Blog Post

Testing the dirty diesels too

The new head of Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Rafeal Pacchiano Alamán, has announced that Mexico will undertake a real-world, in-use testing program for diesel... Mexico's newly announced real-world testing program for diesel vehicles is a great step. Unfortunately, we already know they won’t be clean. So there are other steps to take.
Published 2015.09.28: Blog Post

China's commitment to improving heavy-duty vehicle efficiency [Press statement]

Last Friday, during President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington, DC, China announced further significant steps to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Among the important elements of China’s strategy is a...
Published 2015.09.28: News

FAQ: In-use NOx emissions from diesel passenger cars

As the story concerning in-use NOx emissions from diesel passenger vehicles continues to unfold, a number of questions concerning the ICCT's past and on-going research into discrepancies between...
Published 2015.09.25: News

Is there an e-Autobahn in our future?

In the small town of Templin, Germany one hour north of Berlin, on the site of an old Soviet airfield, Siemens engineers are hard at work on what could be the future of low-carbon freight transport.... How will the heavy duty vehicle sector achieve decarbonization in the long term? Perhaps a new technology being developed by Siemens will be part of the answer.
Published 2015.09.25: Blog Post

Real-world vehicle fuel economy gap continues to widen in Europe [press release]

Latest study shows average discrepancy between passenger vehicle type-approval test results and in-use fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions now at 40 per cent in the EU The gap between...
Published 2015.09.24: News

From laboratory to road: A 2015 update

This 2015 update to a series begun in 2013 analyzes eleven data sources covering fourteen years, six countries, and almost 600,000 vehicles. The analysis shows that in the EU the gap between...
Published 2015.09.24: Publication

Black carbon and methane and HFCs, oh my!

Even if you don't track news from the "apocalypse beat" closely, the lexicon of climate science and policy is probably familiar: carbon footprint, carbon budget, 2-degree scenario, CO2 equivalent,... An explanation of why getting control of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in the near term will do a lot to determine whether we get control of global warming in the long term.
Published 2015.09.23: Blog Post

EPA's notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen [press statement]

Investigation into "defeat device" allegedly used to circumvent emissions tests began with ICCT-sponsored research on in-use emissions from diesel passenger cars Highlights the global need for...
Published 2015.09.18: News

China still lagging on fuel consumption in 2014

Following the timeline determined in the Corporate Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) accounting rule, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released its 2014 CAFC report in... With an average fuel consumption of 7.22 L/100km for the 2014 passenger vehicle fleet, will China be able to meet the national fuel consumption goal of 6.9 L/100km in 2015?
Published 2015.09.18: Blog Post

Direct progression from Bharat IV to Bharat VI national vehicle emission standards in India

The Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has been considering the possibility of leapfrogging from Bharat Stage (BS) IV emission standards in April 2017 to BS VI emission standards in April...
Published 2015.09.15: Publication

Vehicle emissions testing in the EU: Why we are still struggling with the dead hand of the past—and what the future is likely to bring

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) was established in 2008 to advise the British government on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and... Manufacturers effectively exploit loopholes in the vehicle CO2 emissions test procedure. The WLTP will help, but can't solve the problem entirely; we need in-use conformity and on-road testing in...
Published 2015.09.09: Blog Post

[Press release] Vehicle tests show dramatic variation in NOx emissions from modern diesel cars on new EU test cycle, with exceedances up to 15 times the current regulatory limit

Some automakers meeting diesel NOx emissions standards under more realistic driving conditions, while others lag badly. The technologies to control emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from modern...
Published 2015.09.03: News

NOx control technologies for Euro 6 diesel passenger cars

Controlling nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from Euro 6 diesel passenger cars is one of the biggest technical challenges facing automakers. Euro 6 limits NOx emissions from diesel passenger cars to...
Published 2015.09.03: Publication

Fuel efficiency trends for new commercial jet aircraft: 1960 to 2014

This report updates a 2009 study that analyzed the sales- and activity-weighted fuel efficiency improvement of commercial jet aircraft from 1960 to 2008. It improves on that work in several...
Published 2015.09.03: Publication

Estimating the costs of vehicle efficiency: Will the European Commission incorporate lessons from experience?

Earlier this year, I wrote about estimating future vehicle technology costs, to make the observation that in reality meeting CO2 reduction targets has consistently ended up being cheaper than... Draft vehicle technology cost curves for post-2020 CO2 standard were presented to the European Commission in late July. Here's how they look in light of earlier (not always accurate) estimates.
Published 2015.09.02: Blog Post