18 Mar 2011 10:03:05
Current LCV ranges 'will not satisfy 2020 targets'
The majority of low carbon vehicle (LCV) ranges on the market do not have low enough emissions to meet 2020 targets, according to new research.
Conducted by Lex Autolease, the study said manufacturers' average CO2
emissions across their range must be 175g/km by 2016 and 147g/km by 2020, according to figures from the Vehicle Certification Agency.
However, the current total across the industry sits at 203g/km, Fleet Directory reported.
Grahame Neagus, head of the company's LCV consultancy, said: "This may result in some manufacturers ceasing production of high-emitting, engineered LCVs.
"But whether that materialises, or not, it is inevitable that list prices will come under pressure as a result of the increased research and development investment and production costs."
He added commercial LCV owners are also likely to face increasing pressures surrounding legislation on CO2
Earlier this week the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council announced it has awarded £10 million to address specific engineering and science issues – hybrid electric vehicle subsystems, using recycled and reusable materials within vehicle manufacture and optimising the performance of electric motors – related to LCV development.