When the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal came out, Greg Archer was vocal in his predictions that this was not an isolated case and that more companies will be found to have cheated the test. And he was right.
He brought attention to failings of the current system, including the fact that in Europe, the testing companies are paid by the car makers, and overseen by national type approval authorities whose costs are also met by the car manufacturers.
He called for an end to a system where car makers can effectively ‘shop around’ different countries for approval and to instead start an independent EU Type Approval Authority. In December 2016, T&E released its Mind the Gap report that showed that, across the industry, cars are on average 42 per cent less efficient that claims.
Greg has been with T&E since 2012. He was previously the director of Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, and also worked as a non-executive director for the UK Government’s Renewable Fuels Agency and Cenex, a centre of excellence for low carbon technologies.
Whilst he may be unpopular with car manufacturers, Greg’s lobbying to change the current test is in the interests of everyone, as fleets and individuals should feel confident that what they are buying lives up to its claims.