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EU Directives Regarding CO2 Emissions On Cars

EU Directives Regarding CO2 Emissions On Cars

Posted On 22 Apr, 2014

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For many years now, EU Directives from Brussels have governed the future of cars in the EU. And of course as the EU seeks to reduce its CO2 emissions, so this will have important impacts on the development of newly manufactured cars that will ultimately float down into used markets.

Brussels is constantly innovating. European Voice notes recent change: ‘All new vehicles put onto the market after 2017 to be equipped with an ‘eCall’ device – which automatically calls emergency services (112) in the event of an accident. The start date was delayed by two years from the deadline of 2015 proposed by the Commission.’

It’s a good example of how the Commission thinks about environment, safety and sustainability and uses its clout to knock manufacturers into the shape it thinks is best.

Remarkably, some of the latest emissions related law had been considering making it compulsory for electric and natural gas driven cars to make noise. Some are so silent they have hitherto been considered a potential safety hazard.

And this month the future has literally been laid out. Describing the latest changes, Business Green reports that, ‘The wide-ranging new directive will require member states to provide a minimum level of recharging and refuelling infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric cars and vans and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The rules would also require charging and refuelling points to adhere to EU wide standards, allowing vehicles to travel easily across different member states.’

Basically it looks as though Brussels is putting in new laws that will ultimately bring much more life to the EU hybrid market.

Business Green continues. “This is a major innovation and a milestone in the roll-out of clean fuels in Europe,” said European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas. “These new rules are a direct response to calls from industry, investors, consumers and national authorities for a clear framework to set the future direction for clean fuels in Europe, to end uncertainty and allow investments to follow. This vote sends a clear signal that Europe is putting clean fuels at the heart of its transport policy, and the drive to develop a transport system fit for the 21st century.”

EU Directives always take a while to work, and it is up to individual EU countries to choose how they actually put the overarching rules in place nationally.

But in the long term this should mean cheaper hybrid used cars, a safer environment, and a cleaner, greener world. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out.

Hertz Rent2Buy continues to offer lower emission vehicles on their sale lists. You can always call them if you want further information, on 020 7365 9035.

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