We all want to be cleaner and greener when it comes to the way we live, and this sentiment applies when we’re on the roads too. The recently introduced Euro 6, which came into force on 1st September 2016, stipulates new regulations on emissions, but what does the latest standard mean for those purchasing vans and pickups for commercial use?
“Whilst great for the planet, the Euro 6 emissions standard is good and bad news for buyers, particularly when compared to the previously used Euro 5 regulations. Euro 5 primarily focused on the governing of carbon dioxide emissions, however Euro 6 goes one step further to take into account the harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) gases that motor vehicles emit. By changing its focus, the new regulations actively reduce other emissions such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and diesel particulate matter, as well as CO2,” said David Spear, Owner of established supplier David Spear Commercial Vehicles.
Nitrogen oxide has been linked to a variety of health issues, with exposure to raised levels increasing the likelihood of respiratory problems such as wheezing, coughing, colds, flu, bronchitis and even lung infections. The regulations detailed in Euro 6 will also encourage improved fuel economy, however, as David will explain later, this comes at a cost, both financially and in terms of payload.
“Meeting Euro 6 and unlocking the advantages noted is being achieved by the introduction of extra technology, such as NOx traps for smaller vans and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) for larger vans and pickups. SCR technology is particularly sophisticated, and uses a reductant known as AdBlue, which is injected into the exhaust system to neutralise any nitrogen oxide present,” added David.
The technology incorporated to meet the Euro 6 standard can vary depending on the make and model of a vehicle. For example, Fiat Professional will use Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation to ensure its Ducato vehicle abides to the latest regulations.
“For vehicles using the SCR system, diesel exhaust fluid AdBlue must be topped up periodically, and at a cost of between £8 to £20, this is an added expense for buyers. The weight of the SCR system and full AdBlue tank will also increase the vehicle’s kerbweight thus reducing its payload capacity. The prices of Euro 6 approved vehicles will also be greater as manufacturers look to pass on the additional cost of installing emission control systems, however with most makes and models you will receive extra standard equipment by way of compensation. Our team can assist with your queries about Euro 6 and how it affects your purchase, simply contact us for advice,” concluded David.