Jaguar Land Rover Prepares to Pay $118 Million in Emissions Fines
Jaguar Land Rover is putting 90 million pounds ($118 million) into its rainy day fund in case it’s fined by the European Union for failing to meet CO2 emission-reduction targets. Delays in launching plug-in hybrid models, stalled by WLTP efficiency estimates that didn’t quite reach a best-case scenario, have left the automaker above the allotted EU fleet average of 95 grams per kilometer.
“We are not happy that we will not be compliant in 2020, but a lot of that has been taken out of our hands,” JLR CFO Adrian Mardell said during Tuesday’s quarterly earnings call with investors.
Those numbers could be improved if it manages to launch new product with the promised efficiency metrics. However, JLR also hopes to do what it can to make them a reality in Q4.
“I believe this will be a compliance quarter and we will be in credit. We are hopeful that 90 million is the worse it gets,” Mardell said. “It depends on the release of those vehicles.”
The rollout of the plug-in hybrid Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport was halted after the crossovers’ stated CO2 emissions figures rose above the original amount promised when they went on sale in April.
“Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not yet in a position to deliver the previously communicated best-case WLTP combined figures,” Land Rover said.
Land Rover previously said the Evoque P300e’s CO2 was as low as 32 grams per km and the Discovery Sport P300e was as low as of 36 g/km.
Land Rover now says the lowest emitting model records 44 g/km and has an electric range of 43 km (27 miles), compared to 66 km previously. The automaker declined to say which model reaches those levels.
While bad news for JLR, this is hardly an anomaly within the industry. Several automakers have failed to hit government targets and are preparing to shell out payments or partnering with other firms to “pool” their fleet averages on passenger vehicles — including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Tesla, Toyota and Mazda, and SAIC and Volkswagen.
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