China China submits WTO/TBT notification of proposed revision to car fuel consumption national standard

On September 22, 2020, the State Administration for Market Regulation of China submitted a WTO/TBT notification of a proposed revision to the compulsory National Standard of P.R.C. (GB) called Fuel Consumption Limits for Passenger Cars (the “notification draft”). The comment period for the proposed GB is 60 days from the notification date. The GB’s publication date and effective date haven’t been set yet.

 

A draft revision for comments of the standard was published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in January 2019. A comparison of this draft for comments and the notification draft shows that, apart from minor changes in some provisions and the wording, no major changes have been made to the text. The main change from the current GB is to the provision on fuel consumption limits. The fuel consumption limits specified in the notification draft are as follows.

 

Fuel consumption limits

The fuel consumption limits for vehicles with a manual transmission and three or more rows of seats are calculated according to Equations (1) through (3) below, and the results are rounded to two decimal places.

 

Equation (1): If CM ≤ 750, FCL = 5.82

Equation (2): If 750 < CM ≤ 2510, FCL = 0.0041×(CM-1415)+8.55

Equation (3): If CM > 2510, FCL = 13.04

CM — weight of the complete vehicle (kg)

FCL — fuel consumption limit for the vehicle (L/100km)

 

The fuel consumption limits for other vehicles are calculated according to Equations (4) through (6) below and the results are rounded to two decimal places.

Equation(4): If CM ≤ 750, FCL = 6.27

Equation(5): If 750 < CM ≤ 2510, FCL = 0.0042×(CM-1415)+9.06

Equation(6): If CM > 2510, FCL = 13.66

 

The notification draft also specifies how to calculate standard estimates of CO2 emissions corresponding to the above limits.

 

The original notification draft of the Fuel Consumption Limits for Passenger Cars can be viewed at this link (in Simplified Chinese):

https://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2020/TBT/CHN/20_5657_00_x.PDF

 

Details of the WTO/TBT notification can be found here:

http://tbtims.wto.org/en/RegularNotifications/View/167706?FromAllNotifications=True