Euro 7, new crackdown on emissions from future production vehicles
With 52 votes in favour, 32 against and one abstention, the measure was approved by the Environment Commission of the European Parliament.
The objective of this new environmental resolution is obviously to reduce harmful emissions from public, private and commercial means of transport.
Great attention is also paid to the battery life requirements of electric vehicles, an area in which manufacturers will have to deal with increasingly stringent parameters. An undoubtedly ambitious goal but which, if pursued in the right way, could bring benefits for everyone both in terms of the environment and the durability of the cars.
Euro 7 first green light from the European Chamber: what changes?
The MEPs agree with the levels imposed by Brussels for polluting exhaust emissions from private cars (carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, ammonia, etc.), proposing instead a further subdivision based on tonnage for commercial vehicles.
As regards dust emissions from braking systems and the rate of tire degradation, they instead requested that the methodology for calculating pollutants be aligned with the criteria being defined by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. These rules also provide for the application of the same parameters also for electric vehicles, with even more stringent criteria regarding the rate of degradation of the batteries.
Euro 7 first green light from the European Chamber: is sustainability really “sustainable”?
There is no doubt that the new European regulations on pollution are implemented in good faith and with great attention to the health of citizens.
However, it will be necessary to take into account the unprecedented current geopolitical situation, with particular reference to the energy and economic sectors. The attention towards newly produced vehicles is therefore admirable but not the unjustified harassment towards the weaker users who own older vehicles and make limited use of them linked to their own livelihood. It would be a failure to transform certain rules into a subtle and unlikely driving force for a sector already tired and battered by Covid and wars.
Because the car must continue to be a means of living better for everyone!
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