A fresh proposal for Euro 7 criteria from the European Commission has been made, which will lessen vehicle-related air pollution.
According to the Commission, this plan attempts to achieve the European Green Deal’s zero-pollution goal while keeping cars within customers’ price ranges.
The new standards unify all motor vehicle emission limitations under a single set of regulations, replacing the formerly distinct emission norms for cars, vans, trucks, and buses. While the lowest current standards for cars and vans will still be in effect regardless of the fuel used by the vehicle, the pollution emission limits for trucks and buses will be tightened.
The new regulations also set emission caps for contaminants that weren’t previously regulated, like emissions of nitrous oxide from heavy-duty trucks.
Thierry Breton, the commissioner for the internal market, declared that starting in 2035, all new vehicles and vans sold on the market will have zero CO2 emissions. They are now addressing the pollutants that worsen air pollution and have an effect on health in addition to tracking and assisting the electrification of the fleet. With the Euro 7 regulations they are putting forth today, they will make sure that all combustion engine cars introduced to the market up until 2035, together with heavy-duty trucks and electric vehicles, are as green as possible for as long as they’re utilised.
Additionally, by expanding the kinds of driving circumstances that are included in the on-road emissions testing to better reflect the wide range of conditions that vehicles can encounter throughout Europe, the rules will aid in better controlling emissions from all new vehicles. Also, because adherence for cars and vans will be monitored until these vehicles reach 200,000 miles and are 10 years old, the rules will keep new cars cleaner for a longer period of time. The present demands are therefore doubled.
Since the Euro 7 regulations will require the installation of sensors to measure emissions over the course of a vehicle’s lifetime, digital technology will aid in the enforcement of these criteria.
The proposal addresses microplastic emissions from tyres and brake pollution for the first time, both of which continue to be important issues for electric vehicles. Finally, the regulation of battery longevity will help the adoption of electric vehicles even more.
The transition to electric mobility would significantly enhance the quality of the air for inhabitants, according to executive vice-president for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans. Because of this, the CO2-emissions regulations and Euro 7 standards complement one another to ensure that there are more inexpensive and environmentally friendly automobiles on European roads. The new Euro 7 criteria will assist in delivering cleaner air to citizens, particularly in urban areas.
They will control pollutants like ammonia to lessen pollution in cities, have more accurate emissions testing that matches real driving scenarios, and also restrict the discharge of microplastics from tires. The new Euro 7 regulations will also offer the ideal framework for putting these kinds of heavy-duty vehicles on the path to zero-emissions, along with the future CO2-benchmarks for trucks and buses.
The European Parliament and Council will be presented with the Commission’s proposal for approval.