ACAP, the Portuguese association of car dealers, has accused a new study by the European Federation of Transport and Environment of “demonizing vehicles, particularly diesel”. The study concludes that pollution from new diesel vehicles can reach 1000 times ‘normal levels’.
ACAP believes the findings won’t see people switching to electric vehicles – while ZERO environmental association says they that new diesel vehicles are still dangerously prejudicial to public health.
Models used in the tests were the Nissan Qashqai and Opel Astra.
The study found that emissions of “ultrafine particles” – which are not regulated – actually increased by between 11 – 184%.
These ultrafine particles are considered to be the most prejudicial for people’s health “as they profoundly penetrate the body and are associated with the risk of cancer”.
Says Zero, the “tests show that new diesel vehicles continue to emit high levels of particles in cities and on roads everyday, while manufacturers continue to sell their vehicles ignoring legislation with consequences for the population”.