Carmakers and the European regulators are on course for a head-on collision over their choice of air conditioning refrigerant.
The situation follows the news that Volkswagen has joined Daimler is saying that it is not prepared to use HFO 1234yf.
VW president Ferdinand Piech said in mid-November that the carmaker will not accept the HFO in its cars, and wants to be given more time to investigate cooling with CO2 – a position that the car industry moved away from four years ago.
Experts warned this would mean a step change for servicing: “A move back towards CO2 would have huge implications for things like technician training,” said one, “whereas for HFOs, servicing is pretty straightforward.”
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