Gas emissions are the main cause of pollution. It is true that it is a real problem in big cities and there is no solution in sight. The main culprits of air pollution are cars and their gases. Because of this, emissions regulations are getting stricter and Euro 7 can bring about incredible changes.
What is Euro 7?
As a pioneer, the European Union is planning to introduce Euro 7. This is a very strict law for the homologation of vehicle models, taking their emissions into account. The new standard is to apply from 2025 and could mean the end of internal combustion engines. Finally, there are some vehicle manufacturers that have closed their creative departments. The developments and projects for new gasoline and diesel engines have been put on hold for the time being.
For the approval of gasoline and diesel engines, 60 to 80 mg / km nitrogen oxide or NOx are currently permitted. This limit would go to 30 mg / km and for new models to 10 mg / km. Because of this, the main factories are limited to electric vehicle projects.
The reduction in carbon monoxide emissions through these reductions is another of the changes proposed by Euro 7. Currently 500 to 1000 mg / km are allowed, which will drop to 100 to 300 mg / km. According to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), combustion vehicles with such low emissions will not be able to be sold.
Big car brands are already taking preventative measures
The AUDI company has already stopped developing new combustion engines, both gasoline and diesel. Like Volvo, they plan to update existing engines with the new regulations. The development of new engines with the resulting costs is forgotten.
The German company made it clear that it will not stop bringing new gasoline or diesel car models onto the market. Just that the new designs will have the engines that equip other models of the brand today. These engines will be adapted to the strict standards that will apply from 2025. However, with the electrification of their new engines, the vehicle manufacturers have already implemented their future strategy. Current internal combustion engines have numbered their years.
AUDI’s decision is also shared by the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA). Although, in their opinion, these restrictions may entail others and adversely affect the auto market. Especially those of hybrid vehicles, which would also have problems with homologation.
However, the new Euro 7 standard is still in the analysis phase. It is expected to be approved for the third quarter of 2021 and its final scope will also be known. If the limit values mentioned are implemented, manufacturers doubt that they will be able to bring vehicles with combustion engines onto the market from 2025 onwards.