This week sees the final instalment in our Euro 6 series, one of the latest in a series of legislation to affect the refrigeration transport industry. In past entries we’ve explained to you exactly what Euro 6 is and why you need to be compliant, as well as answering some of your most common questions about it. This week, we’re filling you in on exactly how the major brands are coping with Euro 6.
Fiat Professional has taken all the legislation on board and is actively keeping up with any updates, making it fully compliant with Euro 6.
The Fiat Ducato is especially notable for abstaining from the use of the Selective Catalytic Reduction system to meet the Euro 6 standard. An SCR injects a reductant called AdBlue into the exhaust to counteract harmful nitrous oxide emissions. Instead, the Ducato uses a Low Pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation to control NOx emissions.
As opposed to the SCR system, an LP-EGR lowers the oxygen concentration in the engine’s combustion chamber, thereby lowering the amount of NOx that reaches the exhaust in the first place. This low-pressure system is amongst one of the most recent variations of the Exhaust Gas Recirculation technology that many diesel vehicles have been equipped with for years. This alternative system makes the Fiat Ducato fully Euro 6 compliant.
Ford is also taking steps to make all of its vehicles Euro 6 compliant. For its Transit and Transit Custom vehicles, their old 2.2-litre diesel engine is being replaced with an all-new Euro 6 2-litre EcoBlue variant. This outfits the vehicles in question with a wider torque spread, increased engine power and a 13% increase in their fuel economy. This means that the Transit and Transit Custom now Euro 6 compliant.
From Italian manufacturer Iveco, the Iveco Daily is one of the latest vehicles to be released with a fully Euro 6 compliant diesel engine.
Mercedes can widely be considered to be ahead of the game when it comes to the Euro 6. It was the first brand to actively market the Euro 6 engines on its vehicles, beginning with the Sprinter. In addition to this, its rear-wheel-drive Vitos were Euro 6 compliant right from release. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz Citan underwent modifications to become Euro 6 compliant in June of 2016.
Groupe PSA, the multinational owner of the Peugeot and Citroen brands, has similarly been preparing to meet Euro 6 standards for some time. As of now, both the Peugeot and Citroen LCV ranges of vans are ready to meet Euro 6 requirements.
The Renault Trafic is amongst the many vehicles that stand to actively gain from the Euro 6 regulations in ways besides their fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness. The Euro 6 brings the Trafic a 5 horsepower gain, a benefit also afforded to twin-turbo versions of the Renault Master. It’s worth noting, though, that the added 50kg weight of the SCR system reduces the Master’s maximum payload, a possibility we discussed in our first blog. Meanwhile, the rest of Renault’s range is Euro 6 compliant.
Vauxhall is fully up to speed with Euro 6, having delivered its first complaint vehicles in the autumn of 2016.
As of April 2017, Volkswagen vehicles are Euro 6 compliant.
Many of these major brands are those we stock right here at CoolKit in our new fridge vans category. As experts in the refrigeration transport sector, we also offer conversion kits for you to upgrade your own existing vehicles. You can find out how by clicking here, or give us a call on 0845 459 5418.
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