Air quality is important. A significant variation exists between real-world emissions of Euro 6 diesel vans and laboratory-based legal limits. Try Fleet Toolbox to ensure you meet legal compliance and duty of care with your fleet.
Recently, an independent real-world rating system has put emissions of best-selling vans in the spotlight. There are some encouraging and some shocking results.
The AIR Alliance commissioned tests for ten of Europe’s best-selling diesel light commercial vehicles. Using scientifically robust, on-road vehicle testing according to the latest CWA17379 methodology. They give each vehicle an unaffected A-E colour-coded AIR Index rating, showing the difference between clean and dirty vehicles.
The good and the bad air emissions
The 2019 Volkswagen Crafter CR35 LWB High Roof 2.0 litre is rated an ‘A’. On the AIR Index, emitting 53 mg/km NOx, 72 mg. Less than the large-van (Class III) laboratory-based legal limit of 125 mg/km. Still, the 2019 Mercedes Citan 109 Blue Dualiner 1.5 litre is rated an ‘E’. On the AIR Index, emitting 902 mg/km of NOx. That’s more than eight times the (Class II) light-van laboratory-based legal limit of 105 mg/km.
Volkswagen’s 2018 Caddy C20 Highline TDI 2.0 litre and Peugeot’s 2019 Partner Asphalt 1.6 litre both get an ‘A’ rating, as their on-road emissions fall below the 80 mg/km laboratory-based light van limit.
In terms of urban road traffic, van emissions have a significant impact on air quality. The simple reason because they travel far more than cars. The average parcel van travels between 20,000 and 30,000 miles a year, while grocery home delivery vans can cover up to 50,000 miles per annum. Vans are also the fastest-growing traffic segment, accounting for 70 per cent of the growth in road-miles over the last 20 years. As internet shopping continues to grow, so do light van sales and their use on our roads. Every day there are 65,000 unique LCV journeys into London alone, and vans contribute 15 per cent of London traffic – and a higher proportion of diesel vehicular traffic.
Keeping air emissions in check
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