In order to comply with legal provisions coming into effect in 2017, Mercedes-Benz has announced that it is to equip new vehicle models with carbon dioxide (CO2) air conditioning systems.
The Stuttgart-based manufacturer will equip its vehicles with air conditioning systems that meet all relevant performance and safety requirements, while exceeding the European Union’s (EU) climate protection requirements.
New F-Gas regulations adopted by the European Commission (EC) in 2014 and effective from 1st January 2015 strengthens existing measures (adopted in 2006) concerning the usage and control of emissions from fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases).
From 1st January 2017, as gasworld explored in a feature earlier this year, sister legislation the ‘MAC Directive’ stipulates a total ban of the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases with a GWP higher than 150 in all new vehicles put on the EU market. From that date on, new vehicles with MAC systems using these gases cannot be registered, sold and enter into service in the EU.
From 2017, a statement from parent company Daimler explained, Mercedes-Benz will offer in Europe the S and E-Class as the first production passenger cars equipped with CO2-based air conditioning systems.
These completely newly developed systems are based on the DIN specifications defined by the automotive standards committee of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
Thanks to their especially quickly available and high cooling performance, CO2 air conditioning systems swiftly provide for a pleasant feel-good climate inside vehicles even in very hot weather. In combination with their high environmental compatibility, this makes them the sustainable premium solution among air conditioning systems.