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Problems with changes to DGT labels

Problems with changes to DGT labels

The DGT labels They were created in 2016 with the intention of classifying the Spanish car fleet based on its “cleanliness”. Five categories were established (A, B, C, ECO and ZERO) with defined parameters but, as they say, “made the law, made the trick”, and the system has proven to be far from perfect. That is why the DGT wants to establish modifications, but there are problems because of the interests at stake.

What are the problems with the system?

Basically there are three points that generate controversy:

  • The label C that receive the new gasoline and diesel: it is understood that it is out of date that a new vehicle, equipped with current technology, receives the same classification as another car that left the factory more than 15 years ago.
  • The ZERO label of the PHEVs with more than 40 km of electric autonomy: the issue here is that many of the owners of this type of vehicle often drive them with a discharged battery, so they act like a conventional combustion model, polluting, but have the advantages of this label
  • The mixed bag that is the ECO label: This category is very broad and includes from gas vehicles to PHEVs with less than 40 km of electric range, but the most worrying case is that of micro hybrids (MHEV) that using a low voltage electrical system makes high consumption models and emissions have a very beneficial label, when they really pollute a lot

So it is and date of the new tire labeling for Spain

What is the solution?

It seems obvious that changes need to be made, but there are various agents in conflict here. Thus, various environmental associations demand that the label ZERO applies only to fully electric vehicles, but from Anfac they point out that it would be a bad decision, since PHEVs are the type of car that allows the easiest transition from combustion to zero emissions. It seems that an option is being considered to increase the electrical autonomy necessary to be able to get the label.

Environmentalists also call for the label to be removed ECO because of the ease of “tricking” it with MHEV systems, but this would be a serious blow to conventional hybrids. Other proposals they suggest are a label D to group all hybrids and gasoline / diesel complying with Euro 5 and 6 / Euro 6d, respectively; control by means of a device when the PHEVs circulate in electrical mode and even a color change for the labels, leaving green exclusively for ZERO “as it is the color that is traditionally identified with environmental values”.

Source: The World

Mario Herráez April 26, 2021 – 11:00 a.m.

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