Position Paper : The Road Less Travelled - Euro 7/VII vehicle standards not going far enough

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Stringent emission limits are pivotal to reducing air pollution, benefiting both the climate and public health

  • The European Commission’s proposal fails to do push forward the agenda as they settle for an alignment of the limits for diesel cars and vans with the petrol Euro 6 limits. Eurelectric urges the European Council and European Parliament to strengthen the standards for cars and vans and, further, include currently non-regulated exhaust emission because air pollution causes more than 300,000 premature deaths annually with road transport as a major contributor.
  • Eurelectric supports the standards proposed for heavy-duty vehicles and sees it as an important step to keep up with technical development and as a necessary step to reduce air pollution and push the electrification of the transport sector.
  • Eurelectric welcomes the harmonisation of the standards, ensuring a level playing field between technologies and fuels while reducing implementation costs.

Important steps taken to include non-exhaust emissions

  • Eurelectric supports the European Commission’s proposal to set limits and develop a methodology for tyre wear emissions and emphasises the importance of such a provision considering the increased payload of battery-electric vehicles.
  • Eurelectric welcomes the suggested brake wear limit for PM10 at 7 mg/km, and, further, the proposed consideration for regenerative breaking in the test methodology, still to be determined. The limit to be set and methodology determining tyre wear emissions must equally consider the increased load of electric vehicles to not disadvantage them.

It is time to eliminate the discrepancy between real driving emissions and test procedures

  • Eurelectric advocates to, as a minimum, further extend the main lifetime durability requirements for vehicles to meet additional lifetime limits proposed, hence removing the introduced additional lifetime to ensure full compliance over the actual service life.
  • Scrap the durability multipliers. Applying weaker emission limits in the defined additional lifetime will exacerbate the unevenly distributed impacts of air pollution across the EU.

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