[opendtv] Re: Euro Cars

  • From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:50:17 -0500

Richard C. Ramsden wrote:

> AH, no, they are not.
> The vehicle's MPG is not in the equation in US emissions testing.
> Otherwise large things would not pass. There may be some differences
> between state emissions testing and federal regs. European diesel
> fuel has much less sulfur. You can blame the trucking industry for
> that.

I'm not sure what you're saying about mpg, Richard. On both sides of the pond, 
emissions regs are based on stuff spewed out of the exhaust pipe *per unit 
distance driven*, no matter what the engine displacement is, or the fuel 

As a matter of fact, the whole deal about grams of carbon emitted, that 
Europeans have started using as a new standard, is in fact 1:1 related to fuel 
economy anyway, for any given fuel type. So the US CAFÉ (ignore the idiotic 
accent that doesn't apply here) mandates accomplish the same thing.

The sulfur content in diesel sold in Europe today might be lower, at least 
temporarily, but the particulates regs are more stringent here. So it's a mixed 

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