ICCT: new cars consume significantly more fuel than stated

In 2017, the consumption of new cars in Europe was on average well above the manufacturers' figures. The consumer costs several hundred euros annually.

Automakers still give too much fuel consumption for new cars. According to a study by the non-profit organization International Council onClean Transportation (ICCT), the actual consumption figures in 2017 differed on average by 39 percent from the figures of the companies. Motorists therefore have to spend about 400 euros per year for additional fuel. The climate load is higher than stated. The researchers compared 1.3 million cars from eight European countries.

Compared to the previous year, the gap had fallen for the first time - by one percentage point, it said. "For the first time since we started our annual evaluation of fuel consumption data in 2012, we note a slight decrease in airflow between official and actual consumption," said study author Uwe Tietge. Previously, the deviation increased from year to year.

The organization also looked at older data. Despite the slight decline, the difference is now more than four times as high as in 2001. The fuel consumption of cars is determined under standardized conditions in test laboratories.

The deviations counteract the attempts to reduce CO2 emissions. Therefore, only about half of the CO2 reductions achieved on paper were actually achieved since 2001, it said. The CEO of the ICCT in Europe, Peter Mock, called for penalties for manufacturers who wanted to gain an advantage by unreasonably low data on consumption. Only in this way could it be possible to significantly reduce the deviation in the future.

REF: https://www.zeit.de/mobilitaet/2019-01/icct-spritverbrauch-neuwagen-autohersteller-klimabelastung