PM2.5 data is recently being released in Beijing and Guangdong, which gives rise to a publicly-concerned issue, the invisible killers in the air. For millions of car-drivers in China, they are more concerned with in-vehicle air pollution prevention. Li Shufu, a member of the national committee of the CPPCC and the chairman of Geely Holding Group, provided his perspective during 2012 CPC&CPPCC meetings. In his proposal Improving In-vehicle Air Quality and Preventing In-vehicle Air Pollution (hereinafter referred to as the proposal), Li stated that national in-vehicle air quality standards should be made mandatory.
The newly-published Guidelines for Evaluating In-vehicle Air Quality sets up standards for assessing in-vehicle air quality, but it’s not mandatory and with no legal enforcement. A survey conducted by the Physical and Chemical Research Center of Science and Environmental Analysis under China Academy of Sciences reveals that most car models exceed the limits of the total volatile organic compound (TVOC) and total plate count, which are invisible killers threatening customers’ health.
At the end of the tunnel, there is still hope. The Emgrand EC7, a superior model of Geely, was awarded EU’s RRR certificate and dealership license in Europe. It demonstrates that the EC7 meets EU’s high standards in environmental performance and it’s ready to enter overseas markets. Since the breakthrough was made before Li’s proposal, it shows that Geely has always attached importance to in-vehicle air quality.
In fact, the EC7 getting the RRR certificate is not a matter of luck. As far back as in 2004, Geely invited experts from Taizhou Research Institute of Quality & Technical Supervision and Inspection in Zhejiang to have a thorough test on its car models and built a database of volatile gases content within mid-size cars in China. From 2005, Geely has established a laboratory for in-vehicle air quality test, an in-vehicle air quality control group and started monographic study on how to reduce in-vehicle air pollution.
To get a more authoritative result, Geely had all its interior decoration and other accessories that may generate hazardous gases to be tested by SGS, the world-renowned company for inspection, verification, testing and certification. Geely, by referring to foreign standards, sets a higher norm for volatile gases control and this becomes the first defensive line for air quality control during R&D process.
As for the second defensive line, which mainly concerns the selection of auto parts, Geely has made no less effort. Auto parts that failed SGS test were sent back to producers for improvement and those did not pass the second test would be out of the list forever. This ensures that Geely controls air quality even before car production.
Emgrand EC7 meets the latest EU’s requirements for car recycling and reuse and its recycle rate reaches 95%. Materials for interior decoration are mostly recyclable and are definitely free from Pb, Dd, Hg, Cr6+ and other hazardous metallic elements.
Auto parts for the EC7 all come from top-level suppliers, like electronic control system from Siemens, seats from Lear and glass from Saint-Gobain. Its production line is also from the best, such as Fuji of Japan, PDE of Dutch and Dürr of German.
The third defensive line comes from the advanced materials and technologies. Paint is a major pollutant source in vehicles for it contains formaldehyde and many heavy metal chemical compounds. The paint on the EC7 is water-soluble. This new paint is safe and pollution free for 70-90 percent of it is water. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) released by this paint is 72 percent fewer than those of traditional paint, which lowers the harms to its minimum.
The three defensive lines ensure EC7’s impressive performance in air quality control, and make it gain praise from home and abroad, which is also the best proof of EC7’s quality.
The EC7 won four stars in NCAP test last year, the best result a Chinese carmaker had achieved ever. The result is a milestone in the evolution of Chinese automobile industry and has changed the West’s poor impression on Chinese cars’ safety. Environmental problem and safety were the two biggest challenges once preventing Chinese carmakers from entering Europe or other markets. Now the EC7 has conquered both barriers and it is moving towards a world-class Chinese car.