Saturday, 4 June 2016

Euro 6 Emissions Standards - What Do They Mean?

New Ford Transit EcoBlue Engine
What is Euro 6?
New Euro 6 legislation seeks to reduce the negative impact of vehicles on the environment by limiting the harmful emissions vehicles produce. It sets out industry wide standards that all new vehicles introduced into the market must meet.

Lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy - meaning your vehicle will gain more miles to the gallon - are two of the most widely acknowledged benefits of Euro 6 - a result of Reducing certain vehicle emissions such as nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulate matter will bring with it various benefits including less trips to the petrol station.

NOx has been shown to have serious health implications for the public as well as being notoriously damaging to the environment, so Euro 6 standards are set to cap the permitted level of NOx emissions from diesel cars at 80mg/km - a dramatic decrease from the 180mg/km within the Euro 5 standards. The limit for NOx for petrol cars will remain the same as the Euro 5 standards at 60mg/km.

When will Euro 6 arrive?
Euro 6 Compliant Van EngineThe latest emission standards were rolled out in September 2015, meaning that all new models introduced into the market from this point on had to be compliant with Euro 6 standards.The deadline for all light commercial vehicles to adhere to Euro 6 is set for September 2016.

Many vehicles have already been brought up to speed with the Euro 6 legislation, with cleaner engine alternatives available on a host of renowned vans, including the Mercedes Sprinter and Volkswagen Transporter.

How will this affect you?

Vehicle Availability
If you're in the market for a new van that you need yesterday, you may find that stock levels are dwindling and your choices for some vehicles are limited. While manufacturers transition from Euro 5 engines to Euro 6 and the new vehicles are in the pipeline, you can only order from the vehicles that are already in physical stock or due to land in the UK over the next couple of months.

Mercedes Euro 6 Compliant Van
With the introduction of the Euro 6 compliant vans comes an increase in the retail prices of vehicles across the board due to development and researching costs. Euro 5 vehicles aren't subject to the price hike, which can vary from around £500 to £1000 dependent on the make and model. You may even find some leasing companies are offering cheaper deals than usual on Euro 5 models while they are being phased out.

The majority of new vans will incorporate Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology to meet Euro 6 standards, which uses a fluid known as AdBlue to reduce emissions. You will be responsible for keeping the AdBlue levels topped up and covering the costs, as it is considered a consumable similar to fuel. For those operating a fleet and switching over to Euro 6 vans, the effects on payload must be taken into consideration - a full AdBlue tank can take up 30-80kg out of your payload, depending on the size of the van.

London Low Emission Zone
You may have heard of Boris Johnson's proposed new ultra-low emission zone in London. With plans for this to be in place by 2020, it is likely that drivers of non Euro 6 compliant vans will find themselves penalised in the city centre. If you operate in the capital, it may be worth future proofing your fleet sooner rather than later.

How will the new Euro 6 legislation affect you? Let us know in the comments!