Autos and Fuels

Innovative technology makes today’s automobiles cleaner and more fuel-efficient than ever. Ongoing advancements in fuels and technology will continue to drive future progress.

Producing Cleaner Autos

Dramatic progress has been made in producing cleaner autos.
Auto engineers have developed sophisticated emissions-control technology that is putting cleaner automobiles on the road everywhere. Catalytic converters use precious metals to reduce smog-forming emissions from cars. Automakers have dramatically reduced evaporative emissions with tighter gaskets, hoses and better gas tanks. Computers have revolutionized clean vehicle controls […]

Global Efforts

Environmental harmonization of standards benefits all countries.
As the accredited representative of the worldwide vehicle industry, OICA continues to work to harmonize global standards addressing cleaner automobiles and new advanced technologies like fuel cell vehicles.
 

Cleaner Fuels

Cleaner autos need cleaner fuels.
Today’s sophisticated emissions- reduction technologies need cleaner fuels. In fact, substances like sulphur can disable clean auto technology. The vehicle industry strongly urges all parties involved to ensure early, global availability of high quality fuels. Vehicles and fuels must be seen as a single system in a global context. We recently […]

Controlling Impurities and Additives

Certain substances that may be present in fuel, (impurities or deliberate additives) can directly interfere with emission controls devices, in some cases, permanently and these must be controlled, or eliminated.
The case of lead in gasoline is well known: in addition to its toxic effects as a pollutant, lead would contaminate and permanently damage catalytic converters […]

Vehicle Emissions

Vehicle Emissions fall into five main categories:
Carbon Dioxide (CO2), which is an inevitable product of burning a fuel which contains carbon (as all petroleum products do). CO2 does not pollute the air we breathe, but it is a main contributor to Global Warming and therefore has to be reduced. This means either using fuels containing […]