Chinese authorities are expected to make TPMS mandatory from 2019 for new vehicle types and 2020 for new vehicle registrations. This means that after the third and second largest passenger car markets in the world, the US and Europe, even the largest single market, China, will have this technology in all cars.
Traffic safety and the environment will benefit from that. But, the environmental effects will also depend on the TPMS technology to be used. If all 25 million cars should be equipped with dTPMS, this means about 10,000 tons of battery-infested electronic waste – every year. It appears ironic to introduce a fuel-saving technology like TPMS to reduce climate impact, but then buy this benefit at the cost of ten thousands of tons of additional toxic electronic waste.
But, as the legislation draft is well balanced and technology neutral, it allows both indirect and direct TPMS technology, which means that there is a simple solution. TPI enables the climate and safety benefits of a full scale compliant TPMS together with strong environmental advantages.
Software does not break, it does not wear and it does not need to be transported or disposed of. These might become the key selling arguments for TPI in the booming Chinese TPMS market. Tremendous sales perspectives open up for the pressure-sensorless TPI by NIRA with its hard-to-beat cost effectiveness.
The future legislation is said to be finally published next year and will be compatible with the current US legislation. Vehicles compliant to the future Chinese standard will then automatically comply with the US requirements as well. This will help the vehicle manufacturers and TPMS suppliers reduce variant complexity and application effort.