Tesla Throws Cold Water On Its Own Hype
Volkswagen’s diesel scandal could just be the tip of a very large iceberg when it comes to carmakers faking emissions figures. Carmakers are exploiting weak and outdated EU laws to claim misleading statistics about fuel efficiency, a new report says. Real-world CO2 emissions are up to 40 percent higher than in the lab.
According to a study released this week by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), vehicle manufacturers are “systematically exploiting technical tolerances and imprecise definitions” to wrongly record their fuel efficiency and therefore their carbon dioxide emissions.
The ICCT tested 29 passenger cars built between 2009 and 2012 (including ten available in the US), comparing their real-world emissions with the official figures of the French and German approval agencies, and – for the US cars – official parameters used in US emissions certification tests. Full story –Ben Knight, Deutsche Welle, 12 May 2016
Here’s a dose of reality about Tesla’s heavily hyped mass-market Model 3 electric car: The company hasn’t yet finalized the design for the Model 3, hasn’t selected its parts suppliers, isn’t sure it can produce and deliver the car in volume and on time, and still needs to do “extensive testing” to make sure the car can meet quality standards and government regulations. –Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2016
h/t to Dr. Benny Peiser, GWPF