November 26, 2009
Regarding ‘Commission waters down CO2 proposal for vans‘:
These proposals are all well and good in theory, but do the proposers actually have any kind of engineering background, and if not, where are they getting their advice from?
Due to the combustible mechanics of modern fuel and efficiency curves for work output, there is a direct correlation between emissions as per gram of CO2, and power or working torque.
Electrical assistance is almost certainly required to enhance the power output of commercial vans, and even light load carriers. This in turn is going to require a complete re-tooling of all production lines, along with complete engine remodification both in design and production.
With the vehicle manufacturing industries already hard pressed, just where do our eurocrats think the finance is going to come from?
If the markets were robust, then the time constraints being imposed might be feasible. But at the present time of global economic downturn, their proposals are little more than a fantasy. They need to wake up and smell the air. Either that or leave their bongs at home.
Mr N Grady
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