LONDON -- General Motors’ powertrain chief, Dan Nicholson, intends to campaign for global harmonization of emissions standards, particularly between the U.S and Europe.
Nicholson said he will use his upcoming presidency of the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies, or Fisita, to push for changes while the topic is high on government agendas in the wake of the Volkswagen Group emissions violations.
“I’m not sure any of the European regulators are happy with the status quo,” he said on the sidelines of the Fisita summit here this week.
He said the differences between upcoming European Union tailpipe emissions standards and those set by the EPA were small in terms of actual emissions. However engineering the same cars to pass them both was costing “hundreds of millions of dollars” a year across the industry.
“We want all our engineering resources focused on improving air quality and reducing CO2. With different sets of rules, we have to put our engineering resources into nuanced regulatory differences rather than working on the root problem,” he said.
Nicholson said that agreeing harmonized standards will be difficult, but argued that the benefits would outweigh the difficulties. “There is more overlap in the areas of interest than people think,” he said.