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Fri, Dec

Thoughts in progress


At the end of 2017, there were over 51 million vehicles registered in Italy. Over 5 and a half million are registered as Euro 5 while over 30 million vehicles – including cars, trucks buses and special size vehicles – are classified anywhere between Euro 0 and Euro 4.

This data is listed in the new ACI database called Open park vehicles (www.opv.aci.it). The new government will inherit an obsolete circulating vehicles fleet of cars.

So now more then ever it will be necessary to meet the need to contain traffic emissions in order to cope with pollution and stringent international regulations. It is impossible to foresee a quick substitution in the short and medium period. According to the Oil Union it will take at least 20 years in order to change all of the circulating vehicles. It will be necessary to use all of the available resources and technologies to meet the public’s and companies needs as well as the environment and legislation provisions. Before we are able to meet the zero emissions goal, for the next few decades, gas fueled and hybrid cars will be the ones to we have to rely on in the support of institutions and their related economic sectors. We cannot ignore that there was a decrease in the number of methane gas cars (-4% in 2017) and this will have an important impact as well in the future of sea, heavy and light transport vehicles. Especially if what we believe is true, that bio methane gas will be a major addition to fossil gas. We saw the same trend for LPG as well. After a good 2017 that was characterized by a good number of new LPG fueled car registrations, the first trimester of 2018 showed a decrease. Another important data regards the number of car engine transformations in both LPG and methane fueled engines: we are now under the 100,000 vehicles. (source Consorzio Ecogas). This is clearly an important tool for renewing the circulating vehicles, especially for those people who cannot afford a new car. It will be the new Government’s responsibility to create the right balance between the environment and the technology, economic and industrial issues.