New green NCAP makes environment-friendly car choices easier
by Helen Jackson |
posted 11 March 2019
Green NCAP is a new consumer programme that’s designed to promote greener cars. In its first round of results, twelve cars, including the Hyundai Ioniq and BMW i3, both electric vehicles that achieved a maximum five-star rating; have been rated against a tough new test regime which explores the gap between manufacturers’ claims and real-world performance.
With members and independent test laboratories in 8 European countries, Green NCAP is an ambitious project which will motivate car manufacturers to develop cars that make the most efficient use of the energy they use and to minimise the pollutant and greenhouse gases they emit.
Pierre Castaing, Chairman of Euro NCAP, said, “For years, there has been a mismatch between the way cars perform in regulatory tests and how they perform on the road. Consumers often don’t get the fuel economy officially claimed for their vehicles and end up paying for the difference in fuel.”
Now, however, consumer testing can complement the tightening-up of legislation to really encourage car manufacturers to beat their competitors. It will help the industry to see real innovation in the field of energy efficiency and emission reduction.
Castaing is confident that they will respond to the challenge, to the benefit of car-buyers and the environment. Green NCAP is operated by the European New Car Assessment Programme and is supported by a range of organisations including the Department for Transport (DfT). It will help provide clarity to consumers in a field awash with confusing information and city-imposed driving restrictions.