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A synopsis of key findings from previous ICCT studies relevant to a 2025–2030 standard in the EU, including technology potential and associated compliance cost, the role of electrified vehicles, and the switch to a new emissions testing procedure.

Finds that for cars, the cost for meeting a 2025 target value of 70 g/km (as measured in the New European Driving Cycle - NEDC) is between 250 and 500 euros higher than would be the case in a footprint-based CO2 target system.

Outlines the current procedure for the determination of fuel consumption, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, electric energy consumption, and electric range, specifically for PHEVs in Europe, highlights the most relevant changes expected with the introduction of the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) and discusses key differences between the EU and U.S. test procedures for PHEVs.


Impacts of Eastern EU labor rates on CO2 benefit and cost curves for EU light-duty vehicles in the 2020–2025 timeframe; fourth in a series.

Publication: Working paper

Brief background to the agreement reached at the end of 2013, and summaries of key elements, the present situation, and expected effects.

Publication: Policy update

Brief overview of the new edition of European Vehicle Market Statistics.

Futurist Lars Thomsen gave a speech at the AVL “Engine & Environment”
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A statistical portrait of passenger car and light commercial vehicle fleets in the European Union from 2001 to 2012.

Publication: Report
The 95 g/km standard for 2020 passenger cars in the EU continues to come under attack.
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We noted previously how EU light-vehicle CO2 standards were delayed earlier this year due to intervention from the German government.
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As midsummer came to Brussels, EU diplomats were expecting to adopt the 2020 CO2 regulation for cars and light-commercial vehicles.
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