Get set for the arrival of new CO2 standards

Get set for the arrival of new CO2 standards

Get set for the arrival of new CO2 standards

The way that vehicle CO2 emissions are measured is set for a big change in 2017, and the Volkswagen Group UK has put together a task force to help its customers – especially fleet drivers and managers – understand the impact.

From September 2017, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) will gradually replace the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – which has been used since 1992.

The new WLTP test will measure a vehicle’s CO2 value under laboratory conditions, taking into account the vehicle’s mass and optional equipment including low-rolling resistance tyres and aerodynamic features. It is designed to be more representative of modern driving – particularly higher speeds and loads, more aggressive acceleration, and fewer and shorter pauses in motion.

Currently, NEDC values are only applicable in Europe, but the new WLTP will be a global standard – excluding China and the USA.

It will be phased in over the next four years – being applied to any vehicle with a new type approval number from September 2017, and to all new vehicles from September 2018. During this transitional period, vehicles will have correlated NEDC and WLTP values to provide a comparison.

The introduction of the WLTP and new CO2 figures will potentially impact the way that fleet managers and fleet user-choosers configure their vehicles in order to ensure the best benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax values.

Volkswagen Group UK is already part of a WLTP working group – which also comprises other manufacturers, leasing companies, and industry bodies and organisations, such as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and Cap hpi – and will be looking to feed information to fleet buyers during the course of this year.