New diesel cars’ pollution is peaking at more than 1,000 times their normal levels, tests of two top-selling vehicles show. The dangerous spikes in particles can instantly stress the heart and are a result of the cars 'cleaning' their filters, which may occur in urban areas, last for up to 15km, and are effectively ignored by official emissions tests. More than 45 million cars carry these filters in Europe, causing a total of 1.3 billion filter 'cleanings' a year.https://www.transportenvironment.org/press/new-diesels%E2%80%99-particle-emissions-spike-1000-times-normal-levels-tests
The Nissan Qashqai and Opel Astra, the second and fourth bestsellers in their segments respectively, were 32% to 115% over the legal limit for particles when they 'cleaned' their filters in the independent tests. But a loophole means that the legal limit does not apply when 'filter cleaning' occurs in official testing, meaning that 60-99% of regulated particle emissions from the tested vehicles are ignored.
Anna Krajinska, emissions engineer at T&E, said:
“These tests show that new diesels are still not clean. In fact they are spewing out highly-dangerous levels of particles in our towns and highways everyday. Carmakers are being given an easy ride but people’s lungs are paying for it. Manufacturers should clean up their cars if they want to sell them.”
Harmful total particulate emissions from the Nissan Qashqai and Opel Astra further increased 11-184% when the smallest unregulated ultrafine particles were measured in the lab. These ultrafine particles are not measured in official tests but are thought to be the most harmful to human health – as they penetrate deep into the body – and have been linked with brain cancer.
Filter cleaning, to prevent the diesel particulate filter from clogging, can occur in all driving conditions, including in urban areas. In the tests, the number of particles continued to be higher during urban driving for 30 minutes after the cleaning had ended. Both models tested respected the legal limits for NOx.
Anna Krajinska said: “Regulated particles are only half the story. The smallest ultrafine particles are thought to pose a bigger threat yet they’re ignored by official tests. The next Euro pollution standard must close the loopholes and set limits for all pollutants. The endgame is a standard that demands zero emissions from cars on our roads.”
The problem exists since the "soot-trap" filter has been introduced. The VERT-Associaton ( www.vert-dpf.eu) is very likely involved in the cover-up of the newest aspect of the Diesel-fraud. These vocal promotors of "Best Available Technology" have been part of the misleading "Clean Diesel"-Campaign from the start, including the misleading wording known as "Regeneration" of the soot-trap-filter, which essentially just means that collected particles are blown into the air every time the "Soot-Trap-Filter" is full. Aware of the abysmal toxicology of Diesel-Exhaust, Sir James Dyson approached the automotive industry already in the 1990thies and suggested that the particle-content of soot trap filters when full needed to be collected and disposed of responsibly (2). The automotive industry however was not interested in actually making Diesel clean (3). The ongoing Diesel-fraud and the ongoing emission of highly toxic particles under the misleading claim of 'clean diesel", including ongoing sales of new diesel cars with still fraudulent technology and highly toxic emissions points towards corruption within several fields: media outlets failing to inform the public (See the euphemistic wording of "der Spiegel" / 'Sauberkeitspausen' (4)), scientists of renowned universities that promote junk science (presumably also VERT & Co.), former regulators and officials writing 'independent' papers while getting money from presumed fraud-enablers like allegedly BOSCH.
(2) "Als Grund für seine Risikobereitschaft nannte Dyson schlicht: „Weil ich es will“ – und das bereits seit den 1990er Jahren. Damals habe er „eine Vorrichtung, um Dieselabgase einzufangen“ entwickelt, da er über Gesundheitsrisiken der Antriebsart gelesen hatte. Aufgrund der Kosten der Lösung und der erforderlichen Entsorgung der gesammelten Abgase habe die Fahrzeugindustrie sich nicht für seine Idee interessiert." Remarks: The content of a soot trap particle filter when full needs to be collected & disposed of, for instance, at every gas station. Co https://ecomento.de/2018/10/15/dyson-ueber-elektroauto-plaene-bisher-mutigste-wette/?fbclid=IwAR31e2SVDZtS2FGFemkYO2SlrKXnWPN4lyQWRHXclOqyO7Fqf-cdetJIPPw
(3) NZZamSO: "Welche Rolle spielen ökologische Überlegungen?
Dyson: "Ich bin etwas wütend. In den 1990er Jahren entwickelte ich eine Vorrichtung, um Dieselabgase einzufangen. Ich hatte in einem wissenschaftlichen Papier gelesen, dass Laborratten davon Krebs und Herzinfarkte kriegen. Doch die Lastwagenindustrie interessierte sich nicht dafür."
"Weil es ihr zu teuer war und weil sie die Überreste der eingefangenen Abgase hätten entsorgen müssen. Diese Entsorgung ist für die Branche einfacher, wenn wir alle die Abgase einatmen."
(4) "Dieselautos mit Abgasnorm Euro-6d-Temp Sauber mit Pausen