December 18, 2023
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The EU Commission is proposing a predictable and realistic path to zero-emission vehicles in order to protect the health of citizens and the environment. At the same time, Europe’s automotive industry should remain competitive.
The aim is to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions from buses and trucks by 56 percent. For particulate matter (from the exhaust, not from brakes or tires), the target is 39 percent less. EU states and the European Parliament still have to negotiate the plan and agree on a common line. It is currently planned that the rules will come into force for cars in 2025 and for trucks and buses in 2027.
The regulation stipulates how many milligrams of NOX, how much nitrous oxide (N2O) and how many particles of what size a bus or truck may emit per kilometer driven in cold and warm conditions. The distinction between warm and cold is new. Heavy-duty trucks must comply with these values for 700,000 kilometers or 15 years – whichever comes first.
„We cannot accept a society in which exposure to air pollution is responsible for more than 300,000 premature deaths every year in the 27 EU member states alone,“ said Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President responsible for competition policy, at the presentation of the proposal. „The new rules will help us breathe cleaner air and make the sector greener and more resilient. We must stick to the goal of the European Green Deal (we already reported on the EU Green Deal; Revision of the CLP Regulation – BOXLAB Services GmbH) and set global standards.“ Road traffic is the biggest source of air pollution in cities.
However, the planned introduction of the Euro 7 emissions standard is dividing opinion across Europe. Business representatives from industrialized nations fear acute additional costs for manufacturers and consumers.
While Green Environment Minister Steffi Lemke wants to get the new regulation underway as quickly as possible, the car lobby and FDP Transport Minister Volker Wissing are opposing it. The main reason is the expected costs for industry and business.
The industry puts the cost per truck at €12,000, the EU Commission at €2,800. An independent study by the ICCT (International Council on Clean Transportation; New study: Costs of „Euro 7“ regulations for trucks are significantly overestimated – EURACTIV.de), which became known primarily due to the revelation of the „Dieselgate“ emissions scandal, came to the conclusion that the costs will amount to around €2,400.
„To comply with Euro 7, truck manufacturers will have to shift significant technical and financial resources from battery and fuel cell electric vehicles back to the internal combustion engine,“ says Martin Lundstedt, CEO of the Volvo Group. „This will severely impact our transition to zero-emission vehicles. This is not good for the climate, not good for people’s health and not good for the industry.“
It is not yet known what the new label for trucks will look like. However, as the labels for the last 6 Euro standards were almost identical, we assume that it will once again be a round label with the number „7“ in Roman letters on a green background.
As soon as the new label is known, we will of course offer it in our store.
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