Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The energy efficiency requirements of new cars have been updated and will come into effect for all new cars sold in Switzerland from 1 July, the Swiss Federal Office for Energy (SFOE) announced 1 February. New cars are currently rated on a scale of A to G with the most energy efficient cars getting an A rating. Energy efficiency is equated with CO2 emissions as well, and the least polluting new cars will need to emit no more than 188g of CO2 per km driven, down from 204g/km two years ago.
The SFOE has set an emissions target of 130g/km of CO2 by 2015 for all new cars, in line with the European Union’s directive, since 70 percent of all new cars sold in Switzerland come from the EU. By forcing up efficiency requirements, the government ensures that this way one seventh of all new cars sold comply with the new standards.
Background: “Cars in Switzerland still too thirsty“, 9 May 2009, GenevaLunch
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