Euro 7 agreement: industry welcomes planning certainty but flags technical and investment challenges

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) takes note of today’s Euro 7 trilogue agreement, which marks a major milestone in Europe’s world-leading record of setting emissions standards for cars, vans, trucks and buses and provides planning certainty going forward.

“Although we will only understand the full details once we can assess the entire document, we note that the inter-institutional negotiators have principally opted to prioritise future-oriented challenges, such as light-duty vehicle brake emissions and electric vehicle battery requirements. Exhaust emission limits and test procedures for heavy-duty vehicles were significantly tightened as well,” stated Sigrid de Vries, ACEA Director General.  

The European vehicle industry welcomes the planning certainty. To ensure sufficient lead times, we now count on the European Commission’s support to deliver robust secondary legislation as swiftly as possible. “It is important to note that many of the new provisions bring significant technical and investment challenges at a crucial time in the zero-emission mobility transformation,” de Vries added. As key elements are still to be decided through secondary legislation, we will continue working to ensure a realistic Euro 7, within the limitations imposed by the primary legislation.”  

De Vries: “We should not underestimate the huge progress made by European vehicle manufacturers in reducing pollutant emissions from road transport. Indeed, between the first Euro standard and the first version of Euro 6, emissions were slashed by over 90%. The greatest improvements in air quality will be achieved by replacing older vehicles on EU roads and rapid electrification.” 

Between the first Euro standard and the first version of Euro 6, emissions were slashed by over 90%. The greatest improvements in air quality will be achieved by replacing older vehicles on EU roads and rapid electrification.

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    About ACEA

    • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, JLR, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, and Volvo Group
    • Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on http://www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or http://www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/

    Contact:

    • Ben Kennard, Senior Communications Manager, bk@acea.auto, +32 485 88 66 44

    About the EU automobile industry

    • 12.9 million Europeans work in the automotive sector
    • 8.3% of all manufacturing jobs in the EU
    • €392.2 billion in tax revenue for European governments
    • €101.9 billion trade surplus for the European Union
    • Over 7% of EU GDP generated by the auto industry
    • €59.1 billion in R&D spending annually, 31% of EU total
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