EU laws state 70 per cent of each manufacturer’s van fleet must have CO2 emissions below 175g/km by 2014, a figure Peugeot has already achieved.
And the French van maker says it is expected to meet targets for 2016 and 2017 of 75 and 80 per cent under 175g/km early as well.
Peugeot has attributed the success of its low-CO2 van range to its range of ‘ultra-efficient’ diesel – or HDi – engines.
The smaller vans in Peugeot’s fleet, including the car-based Peugeot 207, compact Peugeot Bipper and Partner vans, currently boast average CO2 emissions below 147g/km – the 2020 European target.
For example, the small Peugeot 207 van’s HDi 70bhp engine boasts CO2 emissions of 110g/km and the larger Bipper delivers 109g/km when fitted with a 1.3-litre HDi engine delivering 75bhp.
All of the new diesel engines in Peugeot’s range come with CO2-saving technology such as Stop and Start, which turns the engine off when the van is stationary to save fuel.
The Stop and Start technology, currently available with certain Bipper models, will be introduced to the Partner van in April 2010 and will lower emissions to 124g/km when matched with an electronically controlled manual gearbox (EGC).
Peugeot has also announced plans to introduce new Euro-compliant diesel engines to its large Expert and Boxer vans to improve CO2 emissions and fuel economy across its range.
New diesel engines for the large Expert – Peugeot’s answer to the Ford Transit – will be fazed in to comply with Euro 5 regulations.
Euro 5 regulations are separate from the CO2 targets and cover all tailpipe emissions including NOx and harmful diesel particulates.
All new vans in the UK must comply with Euro 5 regulations by 2012, leading many manufacturers to update their ranges this year.