Session 80 | Geneva | 14-17 Jan 2020
Agenda Item 3. (a) UN Regulations Nos. 68 (Measurement of the maximum speed, including electric vehicles), 83 (Emissions of M1 and N1 vehicles), 101 (CO2 emissions/fuel consumption) and 103 (Replacement pollution control devices)

8. The representative from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2020/2 superseded by GRPE-80-07 correcting references and streamlining the definition of mono-fuel gas vehicles. The representatives from Italy, the Netherlands and France supported the proposal. GRPE adopted the proposal to amend the 06 and 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83, as amended by Annex V to the session report.

9. The representative from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2020/5, as amended by GRPE-80-08 and GRPE-80-16. Those documents introduced new definitions and clarified ‘permanent emission default mode’ of OBD systems. GRPE adopted the proposal to amend the 06 and 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83, as amended by Annex VI to the session report.

10. The representative from OICA introduced GRPE-80-18-Rev.1 allowing the usage of alternative road load power determination techniques, which have been derived from those determined in UN GTR No. 15 and UN Regulation on WLTP, to amend the 06 and 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83. GRPE adopted the proposal to amend the 06 and 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83, as amended by Annex VII to the session report.

11. GRPE endorsed the three proposals to amend the 06 and 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83 and requested the secretariat to submit Annexes V, VI and VII to the session report to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2020 sessions as draft Supplements 14 and 11 to the 06 and 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83 respectively.

12. The representative from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2020/6 allowing the usage of alternative road load power determination techniques, which have been derived from those determined in UN GTR No. 15 and UN Regulation on WLTP, to amend the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 101. The representative from Australia supported the proposal and the principle to help countries that have not yet finalized the transition to WLTP. GRPE adopted the proposal to amend the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 101, as amended by Annex VIII to the session report.

13. GRPE requested the secretariat to submit Annex VIII to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2020 sessions as draft Supplement 9 to the 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 101.

14. The representatives from the European Commission (EC), Chair of the IWG on WLTP and drafting coordinator, introduced GRPE-80-24 and GRPE-80-37 on the status report of the IWG on WLTP and the steps achieved to finalize the transposition of UN GTR No. 15 into a new UN Regulation. The Chair of the IWG on WLTP highlighted the progress made and impressive achievements of the last 10 years aiming at global harmonization, taking into consideration the fragmented world at that time. He emphasized all stakeholders involved had put considerable amount of resources to reach the best possible results into the work that was fully back by GRPE and WP.29 over the years. The Chair expressed its deepest appreciation to the tremendous efforts that have been delivered into developing WLTP-related legislative activities with the full support from GRPE and WP.29, and also during the session to finalize the documents on time for a consideration by GRPE.

15. The Chair of the IWG on WLTP explained the steps and approaches adopted in the 00 and 01 series of amendments to the new UN Regulation on WLTP so that GRPE better understand the Level 1a, Level 1b and Level 2 included in the UN Regulation. The representative from Germany found this explanation very helpful and asked if a guidance document or an explanatory note would be developed to assist the users of UN Regulation on WLTP to go through the large document. The representative from OICA volunteered to draft a first version of such document that would be reviewed by the IWG on WLTP.

16. The representative from Australia requested guidance on the process to notify which version of the legislation the country would apply. The secretariat informed GRPE that Revision 3 of the 1958 Agreement stipulates that a new UN Regulation enters into force for all Contracting Parties that have not notified the Secretary-General of their objection within six months after the notification. He added that the levels a Contracting Party wishes to accept should be defined in their national legislation.

17. The representative from India required some clarifications about the approval process for Off vehicle Charge Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (OVC-FCHV) and mono fuel gas vehicles. The representative from EC informed OVC-FCHV are outside of the scope of the 01 series of amendments to the new UN Regulation and provisions for mono fuel gas vehicles are more stringent in Level 2, taking the level 1B provisions that are more stringent than in Level 1A where there is no prescription on evaporative emissions.

18. The representative from EC, drafting coordinator of the Transposition Task Force introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2020/3 and ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2020/4 amended by GRPE-80-38 and GRPE-80-39 respectively. GRPE adopted the proposal to create a new 00 and 01 series of amendments to a new UN Regulation, as amended by Addendum 1 and Addendum 2.

19. GRPE requested the secretariat to submit Addendums 1 and 2 to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their June 2020 sessions as draft 00 and 01 series of amendments to new UN Regulation No. [XXX] on WLTP respectively.

20. The representative from CITA introduced GRPE-80-10 proposing amendments to the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83. He also introduced GRPE-80-11 and GRPE-80-12 that are of similar content proposing to amend UN Regulations Nos. 24 and 96 respectively. All three proposals sought to improve the design of vehicles to make tampering of emissions systems more difficult and to facilitate its detection. The representatives from Italy, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and EC highlighted the importance and relevance of the topic and required more time and deeper impact assessments to gauge the potential consequences of such new provisions.

21. The representative from Australia wondered why the representative of CITA had not proposed amendments to UN Regulation No. 49 along the same lines and asked if all the proposals might be tackled as a whole for all vehicle types. The representative from CITA explained that GRPE-80-10, GRPE-80-11 and GRPE-80-12 represented a first step and the other UN Regulations would be looked after at a later stage.

22. The representative from Euromot reiterated that all technical changes require a technical assessment and that in the case of Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) engines, many principles detailed in the proposal from CITA were already addressed today (e.g. on software version and emission control system). The representative from CITA welcomed this statement and the comments received and he stated CITA will further work to improve those proposals.

23. The representative from the Netherlands requested CITA to especially further elaborate the justification part of the proposals to include for example root-cause assessment and/or cost/benefit analysis to better understand what CITA wants to achieve and to assess the effectiveness of the proposals. The representative from EC highlighted the consensus from all stakeholders that the issue of tampering prevention is important and urgent but that further discussions would be required, for example in a dedicated group to work in-depth on the topic. The Chair confirmed the sense of importance especially with the risk that tampering is undermining all the efforts made at type approval.

24. The representative from OICA agreed the issue needed to be looked at and encouraged not to place all the burden and car manufacturers and to have a holistic view, for example by looking at new tools to analyse at environmental performance on a more regular basis and by complementing the administrative provisions.

25. GRPE agreed to keep the topic on the agenda and to create a dedicated agenda item on lifetime compliance from the next session of GRPE in June 2020. GRPE also agreed to invite a representative from GRVA to share the latest progress on the work of the Task Force on Cyber Security and Over The Air (OTA) software updates (CS/OTA) operating under the auspices of GRVA, on Integration of Regulation X Software Identification Number (RxSWIN).