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French database allows purchasers to compare vehicle emissions

5 June 2014

Vehicles are responsible for a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in France, making it crucial to encourage the use of public transport and "clean" vehicles. To aid with this, public procurers in French-speaking countries will now be able to find the greenest vehicles on the market with the help of a new online database.

Similar in design to the Clean Vehicle Portal, Ademe’s Comparateur des véhicules neufs compares fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and other air pollutant levels for more than 6,000 vehicles. As well as providing lists of the year’s top performers in each category, a comprehensive search function allows users to compare vehicles according to detailed criteria including model, make and range.

The database was developed in line with EC Directive 1999/94/CE, which requires consumers to be given an informed choice on the efficiency and pollution levels of new cars. Ademe also publishes an annual reference guide to emissions levels and fuel efficiency, which is distributed to all car dealerships for customers to use when purchasing or renting a car.

For more information, click here [in French].