Hyundai Ioniq and BMW i3, both electric vehicles, achieve a maximum five-star
rating in the first round of tests by Green NCAP. Green NCAP, the new consumer
programme to promote greener cars, has launched its first round of results.
Twelve cars have been rated against a tough new test regime which explores the
gap between manufacturers’ claims and real-world performance.
NCAP is a unique new consortium, comprising European governments, motoring
clubs, consumer groups and universities, hosted and supported by the European
New Car Assessment Programme. It aims to promote cars that are less polluting
and more fuel- and energy-efficient by providing consumers with independent
information about cars’ performance in tests that go well beyond legislative
requirements to uncover the differences between manufacturers’
VW up! GTI got a creditable four star, while the BMW’s X1 2.0d and the
Mercedes-Benz A200 have both been awarded three stars. The the Ford Fiesta 1.0
EcoBoost is rated as two stars in its latest guise, and a one-star rating has
been given to the Audi A7 50 TDI, the Volvo XC40 T5 and the Subaru Outback
2.5. Three cars – the VW Golf 1.6TDI,
the FIAT Panda 1.0 and the previous level Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost - got
zero-star ratings. All three of the
zero-star cars are approved to Euro 6b emissions standards, still valid for
models introduced before September 2017.
However, from September 2019, all cars will have to meet the tougher
standards of Euro 6d-temp and updated versions of these cars will be rated in
the next round of tests.
members and independent test laboratories in 8 European countries, Green NCAP
is an ambitious project which will motivate car manufacturers to develop cars
that make the most efficient use of the energy they use and to minimise the
pollutant and greenhouse gases they emit.
It will provide clarity to consumers in a field awash with confusing
information and city-imposed driving restrictions. For now, Green NCAP considers only the energy
used while driving (‘tank to wheel’), but in time, well-to-wheel and ultimately
the whole life-cycle will be considered, including the energy used to produce
the vehicle, the energy it consumes in its lifetime and the energy needed to
scrap and recycle its parts.
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