In line with the recently released National Electric Vehicle Strategy (NEVS), the Australian Government has opened public consultations for the design and introduction of a fuel efficiency standard (FES) that will apply to passenger and light commercial vehicles – and the question of refrigerant global warming potential is included.
Australia, like Russia, is one of the very few developed countries without a fuel efficiency standard that penalises automotive manufacturers if the average CO2 emissions of all new vehicles sold in a 12-month period exceeds a required level.
Over the course of the year, in another round of public outreach, the FES consultation paper, in conjunction with NEVS, aims to ensure the best low-emissions and fuel-saving technology, such as that used in hybrid and electric vehicles as well as high-efficiency internal combustion engines, is sent to Australia by the global automotive manufacturers.
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