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CAAM Confirms the Cancellation of “Beijing VI” Standard

Date:06-20 12:25 Source:Auto Review Authour:Yu Jie

According to the “Timetable for Light Vehicles” in the exposure draft of the standard, “China VI” will be fully implemented as of January 1st 2020. Car companies have to complete type approval in 2019. If the standard is officially released at the end of this year, car companies will have only two years to implement the necessary measures. Xu Yanhua said, “They need to complete development, test, apply, and then make public the necessary information.” Even if a company begins to develop its products right now, it will take at least two years to go through the entire process. What’s worse, car companies are still busy dealing with the newly-issued “China V” standard. Of course, car companies are not the only victims. Other companies on the industry supply chain, such as parts manufacturers, will also be affected by the even harsher “China VI”provisions.

CAAM Confirms the Cancellation of “Beijing VI” Standard

Car companies can now concentrate on preparing for China VI.

 

Which emission standard would prevail, “Beijing VI” or “China VI”? The question has been on the lips of China’s auto industry and its car companies for the past two years. Yesterday, the issue was finally settled. At 4pm on June 14th, Xu Yanhua, Deputy Secretary General of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers gave an interview to a reporter from Auto Review. Based on the information received from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, Xu Yanhua gave the reporter a definite answer: “Beijing VI has been cancelled.” Car companies can now concentrate on preparing for China VI.

“Beijing VI” has been cancelled

For more than two years, the conflict between “China VI” and “Beijing VI” has caused confusion in the auto industry, especially among car companies. The release of the exposure draft of “Beijing VI”sparked a heated discussion about the possible coexistence of two standards based on different test methods, as “Beijing VI” had been formulated with reference to the U.S. standard, while “China VI” was prepared on the basis of the European standard. The exposure draft also put all the car companies on alert as it would have led to increased costs, and they would have had to adjust their technical processes and devote more time to meeting the two different standards. This series of challenges became the biggest concern of China’s auto industry, its car companies and the parts manufacturers in the industry supply chain. Xu Yanhua told the reporter, “The two systems are completely different. If they are to be implemented at the same time, car companies and the entire industry will suffer badly.”

Finally, the Auto Review reporter obtained a definite answer from the CAAM that “Beijing VI” had been called off. Based on the information received from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, Xu Yanhua told the reporter: “Beijing VI has been cancelled.”

“China VI”is around the corner

Relieved at the halt of “Beijing VI”, car companies now have to another challenge to face.

According to the “Timetable for Light Vehicles” in the exposure draft of the standard, “China VI” will be fully implemented as of January 1st 2020. Car companies have to complete type approval in 2019. If the standard is officially released at the end of this year, car companies will have only two years to implement the necessary measures. Xu Yanhua said, “They need to complete development, test, apply, and then make public the necessary information.” Even if a company begins to develop its products right now, it will take at least two years to go through the entire process. What’s worse, car companies are still busy dealing with the newly-issued “China V” standard. Of course, car companies are not the only victims. Other companies on the industry supply chain, such as parts manufacturers, will also be affected by the even harsher “China VI”provisions.

Where is the oil standard?

Xu Yanhua also raised a critical question: “Where’s the oil standard?” In the auto industry, there is a saying that “the oil comes before the car.” That is to say, the oil standard should be released before “China VI”. But as of now, that standard has not appeared. Without the standard, we lack the support and basis for implementing “China VI” - it’s pointless to have an emission standard on cars when the oil standard is absent.

Despite the cancellation of “Beijing VI”, Beijing publicly pledged to formulate an oil standard for “Beijing VI”. Recently, Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau has been soliciting public opinion on the exposure drafts of two local standards: Motor Gasolineand Motor Diesel. Considering the situation of the car companies and the issue of oil standards, Xu Yanhua said that if Beijing planned to implement “China VI” in advance, it should choose a reasonable time frame.

Xu added that it is perhaps “easier” for European car companies to deal with the new standard because Europe will begin to implement the WLTP standard in 2017. However, most brands, including domestic brands might find themselves with no car to sell if the deadline is too tight.

Heavy vehicle companies need 5 more years

The “China VI” standard for heavy vehicles will be made public in August for comment and formally released at the end of this year. “Normally, freight trucks are upgraded at an interval of 5 to 6 years. Heavy vehicle companies will have to alter technology systematically during the transition from “China V” to “China VI”. Thus, these companies are faced with even greater pressure. Xu Yanhua suggested that the “China VI” standard for heavy vehicles should not be released too soon in order to leave heavy car companies 5 years to make the necessary preparations.


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