The German government is planning to set up a new organisation to test vehicle emissions and bolster consumer confidence following a loss of trust following the VW ‘dieselgate’ scandal, according to reports.
Reuters reported that the Transport Ministry in Berlin said the new institute would involve consumer organisations, local governments and environmental groups, as well as the auto industry and ministries, to ensure “more transparency and reliability” in vehicle tests.
However, the report also said the KBA motor vehicle authority, which reports to the transport ministry and oversees vehicle testing, will remain responsible for licensing new models.
According to Reuters, the new institute will test around 70 car models a year using realistic driving scenarios, rather than relying solely on laboratory conditions. The emissions and fuel consumption results would be made public to allow car buyers to make comparisons.
The ministry noted that current tests do not take into account factors such as the use of air conditioning and radio, weather conditions or driving style.
Germany’s VDA auto industry association said the manufacturers have offered to participate in the establishment of such an institute.