While the average motorist no doubt supports lower emission targets, he would probably not be happy if car prices kept on creeping up because of costs involved with lower emission requirements.
Most motorists will, therefore, be glad to hear that a new report from environmental pressure group Transport and Environment contradicts claims from the auto industry that cars will become more expensive because of legal requirements regarding CO2 emissions.
The group's research indicates that over the past year cars sold in Europe on average emitted 4% less CO2 gasses, used 4% less fuel and cost 2.5% less than a year ago. This finding, the charity claims, proves that cars can be both more environmentally friendly and cheaper at the same time.
The Director of Transport and Environment, Jos Dings, said "The car industry has consistently resisted fuel efficiency regulations by complaining that cars would become 'unaffordable.' But car emissions have now dropped to 140g CO2/km and that simply hasn't happened; prices have actually fallen."
The T&E quoted two cost estimates commissioned by the European Commission in 2001 and 2006. The first one predicted that the retail price of the average car would increase by ‚¬2,400 if emission levels were forced down to 140g/km. The 2006 study found it would be ‚¬1,200. Time proved both these studies wrong.
Dings said that the EU clearly needs to take industry claims with a pinch of salt next time.
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