European standard Euro 7 will be adopted in 2025November 17, 2020
The Euro 7 emission standard – if implemented in accordance with the current concept – de facto means the end of internal combustion engines. This is the opinion of the German trade association VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie).
The European Union wants to accelerate the reduction of new car emissions. To this end, work is underway on a new Euro 7 emission standard. It is still at the conceptual stage and will probably not be introduced until 2025. However, the German trade association VDA is already sounding the alarm. According to Hildegard Müller, President of the VDA, “with the introduction of the planned EU7 standard, the European Commission will de facto ban internal combustion vehicles from 2025.”
The challenge, Müller said, is to reconcile the circumstances with this standard. This means that according to the Euro 7 standard, the car must remain within or below certain limit values under all circumstances, even at high altitudes, for example, where thin air always requires more from the engine and therefore more emissions. Müller expects the standard to be so stringent that such an implementation would be nearly impossible.
“The committee wants to determine that the car in the future should remain virtually emission-free in any traffic situation. Whether he is driving with a trailer in the mountains or in slow city traffic. It is technically impossible, and everyone knows it, ”said the top manager.
Hence her fears that the standard will force brands to close the production of internal combustion engines, and for that it is too early. Among other things, the speed at which the charging network is expanding in Europe is incompatible with such an early ban on internal combustion engines, which is why it calls on the EU to pay more attention to the development of new synthetic fuels as well as hydrogen technology.
The final figures are not yet available due to the conceptual phase of Euro 7A, but according to preliminary data, CO2 emissions should be reduced by 66% compared to Euro 6D, nitrogen emissions by half, and particulate matter emissions by 6 times. With Euro 7B, things are even more difficult: CO2 emissions should be reduced by 90% compared to Euro 6D, nitrogen emissions by six times, and particulate matter emissions by ten times. As already mentioned, the introduction of Euro 7A will be used in 2025. Euro 7B is likely to follow in a few years.
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