The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, has responded to the recent adoption by the Council of the EU on the Euro 7 regulations relating to the emissions from cars, vans, buses and trucks, reached by national ministers.
“The member states’ position is an improvement on the European Commission’s Euro 7 proposal – which was entirely disproportionate, driving high costs for industry and customers, with limited environmental benefits,” stated Sigrid de Vries, ACEA Director General.
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“The council’s aim to continue the effective Euro 6/VI tests is sensible. However, compared to what is in place today, Euro 7 is much broader for new cars, vans and, in particular, heavy-duty vehicles, requiring significant engineering and testing efforts. As such, it will require huge additional investments from our industry at a time when it is pouring all its resources into decarbonisation.”
“Our industry is fully committed to tackling air pollution and climate change,” de Vries added. “We now call on member states, the European Parliament, and the Commission to work towards a Euro 7 regulation that will enable us to focus on these dual objectives while keeping vehicles affordable and our sector competitive.”
The EU already has one of the world’s most comprehensive and stringent approaches to pollutant emissions from vehicles, including nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particles, explained the ACEA. Due to state-of-the-art technology, exhaust emissions are barely measurable.
Extending the focus, Euro 7 sets limits for non-exhaust emissions (eg, particles from brakes and tyres). It also covers the minimum performance requirements for battery durability in electric cars and imposes stricter vehicle lifetime requirements. The new regulation also provides for the use of advanced technologies and emission-monitoring tools.