Carmakers to win 'super credits' from low-emission vehicles
(euractiv.com 11 Jul 12) The European Commission is planning to re-introduce a clause for ‘super credits’ that would reward manufacturers that switch to electric cars with permits to make high-emitting gas guzzlers, EurActiv understands. The controversial clause will be part of proposals for CO2 in Cars, due to be announced today (11 July).
The overall draft target for 2020 – of 95 grams of CO2 per km (g/km) for cars and 147 g/km for vans – is expected to remain unchanged.
But sources indicate that the super-credit threshold for cars will be lowered to 35g/km, with a "multiplier factor" of 1.3, and a cap of 20,000 vehicles per manufacturer.
At present, only electric cars such as the Vauxhall Ampera, with its combined tail pipe emission of 27g/km, would qualify for the super-credit scheme. But critics argue that when full lifecycle emissions are counted, even the best performing electric vehicles top around 60g/km.
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