Consumers don’t know who they can trust after ICCT revelations that car manufacturers have been lying to the public about real fuel emissions


Consumers are left wondering if they would be better off peddling a bike after the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shockingly revealed how car manufacturers are lying about their vehicle’s real fuel consumption.  And despite a rollout of new testing measures, the ICCT voices concern over loopholes that remain. Loopholes that would enable manufacturers to continue conning car buyers.


The ICCT collated statistics dating back to 2001. Shockingly, they revealed that real fuel consumption is 42% higher than what manufacturers claim. In 2001, the discrepancy was only at around a 9% difference. However, over the years this has dramatically crept up to unbelievably high levels.


What this means is that the public is out of pocket by up to $465 per year

And ironically, it has been one of the industry’s best un-kept secrets. Yet, consumers let these car companies continue to dupe them! Manufacturers have long used sinister methods such as “Defeat Devices” to lie about real emission levels.

And it is not just the public that these car manufacturers rort. These companies also have stolen significant amounts of money from taxpayers. According to the ICCT, “because vehicle taxation schemes and incentive schemes for low-carbon cars are based on official CO2 values, the gap may also lead to significant losses of tax revenue and misallocation of public funds.


Infographic: The Growing Gap Between Declared And Real Fuel Consumption of Passenger Cars | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista


Car companies have been lying to the public for decades

Even as far back as 1973, the EPA exposed and revealed that companies such as Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors, amongst others, were tampering with temperature switches to disable the controls registering pollution levels. That same year, the EPA even fined Volkswagen $120,000 for having such controls in their vehicles.

Again, in the 1990s, companies such as General Motors, Honda and Ford were fined millions of dollars for their vehicles harboring the devices, or they had to spend millions in alterations to specific models.  And it was only two years ago that the EPA discovered that Volkswagen had installed illegal software in their diesel engines. This software provided misleading readings on pollution testing.



Car manufacturers are so unashamed about lying to the public that the most recent EPA exposé was this year!

The EPA discovered that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had also installed similar software. Many of their pickups and SUVs contained software that enabled them to cheat emissions tests. The US Justice Department considered pressing criminal charges.

Consequently, the EU is seeking ways to counter car manufacturer’s brazen perpetuation of scamming the public and ultimately destroying the earth with dangerous pollution. A new test procedure, the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) seeks to avert further devious manufacturer’s actions.

Nonetheless, the ICCT warn that the WLTP is still insufficient. According to their website, “the WLTP has its own shortcomings and should, therefore, be complemented by other forms of vehicle testing: random conformity testing of production vehicles by independent bodies and on-road testing of CO2 emissions.


Ultimately, consumers should be looking to push for alternative forms of transport that do not emit pollution

Fortunately, many companies are starting to create cars that run on cleaner alternative energies. More environmentally friendly fuels like electricity and gas. And of course, considering public transport as an option is also better for the environment, and also will save the user a lot of money.


References: Statista, Reuters, Clean Technica, Auto Express
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