Wed, Mar 27, 2002 - Page 2 News List

EPA promotes cars that do less harm to the environment

By Chiu Yu-Tzu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taiwan is capable of producing the most environmentally friendly cars in the world, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) officials said yesterday.

Four fifths of the 199 car models available in Taiwan meet existing US car emission standards for ultra-low-emission vehicles (ULEV), EPA officials said.

Among these, 18 models, including the Yulon Motor Co Ltd's (裕隆) NS16 ES Sentra 1.8 and the Ford Lio Ho Motor Co Ltd's (福特六和) Tierra C206-2X 1.6, even meet the stricter requirements for super-ultra-low-emission vehicles (SULEV).

The US has announced that the regulation will not be adopted until 2004.

"We strongly recommend these environment-friendly automobiles to consumers," EPA deputy administrator Chang Chu-enn (張祖恩) said at a press conference yesterday.

Chang said that the two car models could be regarded as world-class environment-friendly ones.

"If emissions from all of the car models in Taiwan met the US' SULEV standard, about 95 percent of car emissions would be cut. This is our dream and goal," said Leu Horng-guang (呂鴻光), director-general of the EPA's Bureau of Air Quality Protection and Noise Control (空保處).

Leu said that Taiwan's current car-emission standards, adopted in 1999, are looser than the US' ULEV standard.

Leu said that the EPA might be considering establishing stricter regulations for car emissions after half of all car models available in Taiwan meet the ULEV standards.

EPA officials said that stricter emission regulations always stimulate the car industry to improve the performance of auto engines, resulting in a cleaner environment.

EPA officials said that people can get information about different car models' emission performance at the EPA's Web site.

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