Filters antiparticles in petrol engines: how Marketing or real concern for our health?

better Get used to the idea, the FAP filters or antiparticles will come very soon to the petrol engines to fulfill the same mission that has already made the diesel engines from many years ago. The scandals tampering of engines and manipulation of emissions are accelerating the need to make engines cleaner and more credible, and after the fence to the diesel engines it is the turn of petrol engines as Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen to the head. But let’s put all the cards on the table, this movement could have been done a long time ago, do We have to understand it as a show of true concern for our health, or as a manoeuvre more marketing?


The problem of the particles has been known for years, but only have been restricted to comply with the regulations in the anti-pollution effect

With the announcement of Mercedes-Benz we understood that it would be a matter of days more manufacturers to join this initiative for the good of “our health”. Numerous reports as revealed by the TÜV Nord in December of 2013 discovered large increases in the emission of particles in petrol engines, modern direct injection, a problem that generated a lot of controversy, but that no manufacturer responded with measures in pursuit of our well-being.

These reports drew attention to the increase in the emission of particles, was an important problem in the short and medium term given the emphasis of the manufacturers to build engines with gasoline direct injection, without any interest in remedy of any kind to the increase in the emission of particles. With a park mobile making use of this type of engines in clear growth, we talk about a health problem of major significance, however the manufacturers have been limited to date to comply with the regulations, no more, no less.


The rugged of the matter is that, knowing of the problem, no manufacturer has installed these filters that assume a surcharge of between 50 and 100 € per car

If the regulations in the anti-pollution is not obliged to reduce the emission of particles in the same way it did in the diesel engines, car manufacturers have avoided everything possible to attack the problem of the particles in petrol engines. With the entry into force of Euro 6c in 2017, manufacturers will be obliged to introduce filters antiparticles in their engines gasoline, since this rule will match to diesel and petrol engines.

But the bottom of this whole affair is that it leaves us with serious doubts about the why of these ads on the commitment to our health. Knowing that there are reports from years ago, that alert one to the problematic of the particles, and knowing also that the introduction of these filters, just would be a cost per car of between 50 and 100€, it seems quite obvious that the recent announcements are little more than marketing strategies. All manufacturers could have taken steps to reduce the particles from quite some time ago, no one wanted to do it, and on the eve of his forced use, we are announcing with great fanfare the intention of protecting the environment and our health…

Source: TÜV Nord | Daimler | Volkswagen

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