Friday, May 24, 2024

New BMWs lie especially a lot, EU investigation shows

The EU had almost expected that the car brands cannot live up to the WLTP standards, which they themselves give up in terms of consumption. The situation is particularly bad at BMW, however.

When the WLTP standard for consumption and emissions from the vehicle fleet in the EU replaced the NEDC standard in September 2019, the EU expected more accurate consumption figures.

However, the EU's own samples have already put that expectation to shame. It reveals measurements of the digital fuel gauge, which has been mandatory in all new cars in the EU since 2020.

The data from both the WLTP standard and the digital fuel meter, "On-Board Fuel Consumption Meter (OBFCM)" is something that the European Commission keeps an eye on.

And a check has now shown that the car brands are often far from the WLTP figures they themselves state.

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That's what Auto Motor und Sport writes.

The survey, which the EU has now carried out, shows that petrol and diesel cars on average have a 21 percent higher consumption than they are given up to. BMW is one of the brands that pulls the number up enormously.

The petrol cars from the factory in Munich are actually 30 percent above their declared fuel consumption. For the diesel cars, that figure is 'only' 25 per cent above the stated figure.

Nevertheless, the EU has not found anything that was not expected to stand on. On the contrary, the deviations in the consumption figures are within what has been calculated.

The EU says this is due to external conditions that cannot be reproduced in the laboratory tests on which the WLTP standard is based.

The EU Commission refers to factors such as 'the condition of the roads, the temperature, the use of air conditioning and the general behavior of the driver'. A standardized test cannot take this into account.

However, there are even bigger 'problems' with the plug-in hybrids, and not just at BMW, the EU Commission believes.

– This (the investigation, ed.) confirms that these choral vehicles are currently not utilizing their potential. Especially because they are not charged and run on electricity as often as expected, says the EU Commission.

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