Government launches enquiry into green cars

Fleet managers have a range of green cars to choose from, with automotive manufacturers each offering multiple alternatives to the standard internal combustion engine (ICE). 

Although many companies are attempting to make ICEs much more efficient bb installing turbochargers or increasing compression ratios, alternative fuelling options such as all-electric or hybrid cars produce the lowest emissions. 

However, until the supporting infrastructure for electric or even hydrogen cars takes shape, the ICE will remain an essential component of modern fleets. To ensure these vehicles aren't causing undue harm to the environment, the federal government will further develop emissions testing standards. 

What has prompted the investigation?

The overall aim of the project is to reduce the country's vehicles emissions. Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher stated that Australia's concerns in this regard aren't quite as extreme as some other nations, but believes there is value in tackling the problem before it escalates. 

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A key feature of this initiative is the country's alignment with the United Nation's (UN's) noxious emissions standards for vehicles. Currently, these are measured according to the Euro 5 category, but the government is considering raising them to Euro 6 standards to further combat harmful emissions. 

The plan has garnered support from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Tony Weber, FCAI CEO, believes the initiative involves the management of a number of variables, and is likely to rely on advanced technology. 

"To make further reductions, a range of policy matters must be considered," he began. 

"This includes fuel quality, infrastructure and incentives for the take up of low-emissions vehicles, vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication technology, and the structure of the Australian vehicle fleet."

How can fleet managers choose green cars?

There are a number of options open to fleet managers in the market for green cars. Along with the growing list of manufacturers supporting these concerns, there's also the type of engine to consider.

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Green Vehicle Guide is a government website that allows people to search vehicles adhering to a number of specifications and compare and contrast different models. The online resource also provides top 20 lists of the most effective and most popular vehicles, giving fleet managers access to data that will help them build a greener fleet. 

As the demand for green cars continues to rise along with the influence of regulatory bodies, the country's fleet is likely have a drastically lower impact on the environment.