European Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Manufacturers Embrace Hybrid and Electric Trend

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle

Mr. Mohit Loshali, Senior Consultant – Automotive at Fact.MR discusses latest trends shaping Europe’s recreational off-highway vehicles marketplace

Recreational off-highway vehicles have been under the influence of stringent emission standards and electromobility trend. Manufacturers are also bound to comply with the safety standards of vehicle design. As the GHG emissions and the consequential environmental impacts remain the prime concerns of the automotive industry, off-highway vehicles including recreational off-highway vehicles are going electric. Recreational off-highway vehicle manufacturers in Europe are bound to comply with one of the most strict emission standards for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM). While manufacturers strive to meet these regulatory standards, the recreational off-highway vehicles market in Europe will witness a steady outlook on the back of the millennial population presenting preference for outdoor activities.

Q. What are the strategies of Europe’s industry giants on electrification of off-road vehicles and heavy-duty trucks?

A. Leading off-road vehicle manufacturers in Europe such as Volvo and Bosch Rexroth are actively engaged in developing electric off-highway vehicles that are more viable. Major challenges to be addressed on the way to develop the all-electric off-highway vehicles lie in designing electric motors that meet power and size requirements. R&D efforts are underway to increase the storage abilities of batteries required to run the recreational off-highway vehicles.

Q. What is the future of hybrid off-highway vehicles in Europe?

A. Despite the uncertainties faced by diesel/hybrid off-highway vehicles in the market, hybrid off-highway vehicles are considered to serve the way in achieving the successful market of all-electric off-highway vehicles. As European emission standards remain highly strict and development of high-power electric motors for heavy-duty vehicles is underway, good opportunities lie ahead for diesel hybrids of recreational off-highway vehicles.

Q. What are the emission standards for recreational off-highway vehicles in Europe?

A. The European Commission proposed emission standards for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) that includes construction equipment, off-road recreational vehicles, railroad engines and inland waterway vessels. One of the world’s toughest emission standards – the Stage V Standards were adopted by EU parliament in July 2016 and in September were published in the Official Journal of EU as Regulation (EU) 2016/1628. According to the International Council on Clean Transportation’s policy update, phased in early 2018, the Stage V emission standards will apply for all sales of new engine types in Europe. The new rules replaced Europe’s multi-layered legal framework and established one overarching regulation.

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