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Carbon tax ignorance


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

Private citizen

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  1. Wrong question Mr Grady. What you should really be asking is: can EU manufaturers afford not to?

    With the markets already indicating a preference for more efficient vehicles (as people seek to adapt to the current economic reality and the inevitability of unaffordable oil prices), EU manufacturers need to be at the cutting edge in delivering more efficient (lower emissions) vehicles. Failure to do so would mean yet another area where EU industry is eclipsed by that in emerging economies.

    The EU’s feeble proposals on van emissions and even more pathetic legislation on car emissions (which in reality require little or no effort) unfortunately act as no incentive for manufacturers to make these changes. The result: we will need to spend greater amounts of public money bailing out the failed car industry and its employees. This could be avoided if car manufacturers were able to think a little bit more long term than simply maximising this year’s profits…oh well.

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