WLTP for conversion

Consequences of WLTP for conversion

WLTP is a term that increasingly emerges during meetings, but what does it mean? And what consequences does it have for converting light commercial vehicles to, for instance, a Crew Cab? Are there new procedures for registrations in the 2nd phase, do new risks emerge or are there also positive effects associated with this new test method? As a homologation specialist, Snoeks Automotive delved deeper into the matter to find clarity on this subject.

In short, what is WLTP?

The WLTP, or Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure, is the new test method to determine the CO2 emissions of light vehicles. As of 1 September, the WLTP regulation will come into effect for all light commercial vehicles in Europe with a mass in running order below 2,585 kg. This means that all newly sold commercial vehicles from that date must meet the new guidelines in order to obtain a registration number. Only vehicles that fall under the residual stock arrangement will be temporarily exempt from this, more on this later in this article. The new WLTP test method replaces the current NEDC test and is far more realistic, strict and extensive than its predecessor.

What is the most important change for conversion?

The most important change for the conversion industry is that the optional equipment is now also included in the determination of the CO2 emissions. Three factors need to be taken into account for this: the weight, the rolling resistance and the frontal surface. In countries where CO2 emissions are linked to the tax on a new car, this can have consequences for the selling price. In other countries where the CO2 value of vehicles is linked to road tax, causing the new regulations to mainly affect end-user usage costs. The extent of these consequences is not yet clear, because the governments have not yet determined what the effect on vehicle tax is. So we do not know if this concerns a few euros or substantial amounts.

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Snoeks starts construction of Snoeks Innovation Centre

Snoeks Automotive, the specialist in interior concepts for Light Commercial Vehicles, has started the construction of its new Innovation Centre and head office last Friday, the 17th of May. This milestone was symbolized by the celebration of driving the “first pile” into the ground. The new Snoeks office in Nieuw-Vennep is supporting the ambitions to become a global player in the automotive industry.

The new building of the family owned company will be developed in cooperation with constructor Heembouw and is located at business park "Vennepark N207" in Nieuw-Vennep. Completion is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2020, after which the relocation will take place.

Marc Broere, Director of Snoeks Automotive: "Although we are making a small step geographically, the new location is a big leap for Snoeks Automotive. The modern facilities offered through our new Innovation Centre ensure that we can provide even greater added value to our customers in the future.”

The start of the construction was symbolized by the celebration of driving the “first pile” into the ground. During this ceremony there was a special role for the children of the Snoeks family, who activated the pile-driver with the push of a button.

Ron Snoeks, CEO of the Snoeks Group; "We are proud of the growth that the company has realized in recent years. In order to respond to worldwide developments and to be able to facilitate our international ambitions, we have initiated this new Innovation Centre. With the new facilities at our disposal as well, I have a lot of confidence in the future."

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