OhTo improve customer transparency, Australian new car buyers will benefit from a new real-world fuel consumption program over the next four years.
The Albanian government has announced that it will. Provide $14 million to the Australian Automotive Association for a testing facility.designed to more accurately estimate the fuel consumption of Australia’s most popular vehicles – and complements laboratory testing.
Although the exact number of vehicle models that will be tested is unknown, it is expected to include some of the best-selling cars, SUVs and utes sold in Australia – such as the Toyota HiLux, Ford Ranger, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Toyota Corolla and Hyundai i30, among others.
This follows a pilot study conducted by the Australian Automotive Association in 2016, which found 29 out of 30 vehicles used more fuel than claimed under laboratory conditions.
On average, vehicles are said to use 23% more fuel than claimed on the windscreen sticker and Green Vehicle Guide website.
The pilot test was carried out in the wake of the Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal in 2015, when cheating devices – intended to reduce harmful CO2 emissions during laboratory testing – were discovered by US regulators. .
Since 2001, a fuel consumption label has been mandatory on all new vehicles sold in Australia.
It uses the results of the Australian Design Rules 81/02 test method, which is based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) introduced in the 1980s.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Catherine King said the investment would help car buyers reduce the amount of money they spend on fuel.
“Our $14 million investment in on-road testing will help improve the information available on how much fuel different vehicles use on the road, giving consumers a better idea of how much it costs to drive.
Earlier this year, the federal government redesigned the Green Vehicle Guide website, which uses laboratory test data to compare the fuel efficiency of vehicles sold in Australia.
In addition, it has launched a consultation paper to discuss vehicle efficiency standards, better CO2 emissions schemes, and strategies to increase sales of electric vehicles in Australia.
“Buying and running a car is a major cost for families and businesses and a major contributor to household energy bills,” said Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen.
“Consumers deserve accurate information about their running costs so they don’t hit the hip pocket.
“This much-needed initiative will help increase fuel economy through informed consumer choices, and help ensure emissions impact claims by automakers are accurate.”
More details on the real-world testing program are expected later this year, with the first vehicles expected to be evaluated in early 2023.