Consumption of information is always less

Berlin, 6. November 2017

Perhaps not surprisingly, it's not the majority of, nevertheless, the amount of the number is likely to provide further displeasure. According to a study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), which is the Newspapers of the Funke media group, is the fuel consumption of new cars in Europe on average, 42 percent higher than given by the manufacturers. The result: on average, motorists in the year paid 400 euros more for Fuel than planned. In addition, this led to a greater burden on the environment through increased CO2 emissions, according to the researchers.

The gap is getting bigger and bigger

The EU has set the year 2021 more stringent CO2 limits, according to an analysis by the consultancy firm MSCI, however, will be hardly a car manufacturer is able to adhere to these limits. "The gap between official and actual fuel consumption is so large as never before. Ten years ago, the difference between the published by the manufacturers and the real measured consumption amounted to only about 15 per cent," says the ICCT-the managing Director in Europe, Peter Mock. The ICCT is an independent research organization. Two years ago, she was also involved in the detection of the VW-Diesel-scandal in the United States.

A new measurement method is expected to bring some relief

For the first Time, the ITCC published the study in 2013. At that time, the discrepancy between the declared and the real consumption was about 25 percent. The reason: until recently, conventional NEDC fuel consumption was determined only in test laboratories. Apparently, the producers found over the years, more and more "loopholes" in order to optimize this consumption. Since September, there is now a new and more stringent EU test method. Also, this is not ideal, however, the ICCT researchers believe that it could halve the discrepancy between the official and the real consumption values. You recommend to measure the fuel consumption on the road, similar to such as would now be made in other pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides. It would also be important, "at last, Europe-wide Sanctions introduced, to be able to car manufacturers in trickery and false information to punish," said Mock. "Otherwise, nothing will change."(sw)