While the electric platform is quickly gaining popularity and becoming the choice of governments around the world, the complete switch over to this paradigm requires a lot of time and effort mainly because of the huge number of internal combustion engine vehicles that are already in existence.
Why Are Cars & Vans So Vital In Making The Planet Greener?
The European Union has recently revised the CO2 performance standard for cars and vans because, after all, these are the vehicles that are going to stay with us not just for a few years but even for the upcoming decades.
Present Role Of Cars & Vans In Global Pollution
Another important factor that has forced the EU to think ahead is that for now almost 12% and 2.5% of all global pollution is caused by cars and vans respectively. Thus, for mitigating the pollution caused by these vehicles, radical measures need to be taken.
It is also worth noting that the previous steps taken by the EU played a pivotal role in bringing down global pollution which has convinced the policymakers that they need to keep the ball rolling.
EVs Playing Their Part
The surge in the sales of electric cars has been one of the vital reasons behind reducing global pollution as the sales figures of these vehicles nearly tripled in just a single year between 2020 and 2021.
The EU is determined to achieve at least a 55% decrease in dangerous gas emissions and that too by 2030 which means that not much time is left behind.
Revised Target Levels For Emissions
The EU has revised its targets regarding emissions and they have been subdivided into two parts where the first section ranges between 2020 and 2024 whereas the second one spans from 2025 to 2030.
2020 to 2024
For these years, the standard set for CO2 emissions for cars is 95g per kilometer whereas that for vans is 147g per kilometer.
This seems a bit difficult to achieve but will still be manageable.
2025 to 2030
The rules become stricter as we proceed further in time as for cars, 15% reduction in CO2 emissions from 2025 onwards and then further 37.5% reduction in the emissions from 2030 onwards have to be met.
For vans, a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions from 2025 onwards and then a 31% reduction when moving onwards of 2030 has to be maintained.
Older Vehicle Owners To Face More Difficulties
This will make it difficult for owners of cars and vans with old engines because as a vehicle ages, the overall emissions that its engine produces increase whereas, on the contrary, the emissions standards become more strict.
Penalties For Over Emissions
The EU is now serious about the emissions and as we can tell from the above-mentioned steps, a lot is being done to keep a check on the overall CO2 emissions.
Imposing penalties is another effective mechanism that will work wonders by keeping the emissions within the specified limits.
This is why it has been decided that for every vehicle that exceeds the CO2 emissions, the automaker will pay €95 per gram per kilometer.
This means that if 10 vehicles cross the emissions threshold by 5g per kilometer each, then the automaker will need to pay a total penalty of €4,750. So, you can imagine that the issue is precarious.
The latest EU Performance standards regarding CO2 are very strict but we can only expect a clean and green planet if such policies are implemented.