WLTP Has Europe’s Carmakers Scrambling Again
Carmakers in Europe are again struggling to certify their cars to meet new vehicle emission standards in time for the 2020 model year.
This time the challenge is to meet new evaporative emission requirements that become part of Europe’s new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure. WLTP replaced the region’s previous NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) test for exhaust emissions last September.
The industry went through the same scramble a year ago for tailpipe emissions. WLTP required carmakers to re-certify virtually every powertrain combination for every model. Volkswagen Group was particularly hard-hit, in large part because it had diverted much of its testing capabilities to address its diesel emission cheating scandal.
VW concedes it is behind again on the new evaporative tests, this time in certifying its commercial vehicles, Automotive News Europe reports. The newspaper says the test for each vehicle can take as many as 10 workdays to complete.
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