This was stated by the Association of the Automotive Industry (AutoSAP) in response to the agreement on the form of the draft standard between MEPs and representatives of EU countries.
According to Transport Minister Martin Kupka (ODS), the Czech Republic and other countries have succeeded in significantly changing important EU legislation. “We joined forces with representatives of the European industry and consumers and managed to negotiate a wording of the standard that would not pose a risk to the competitiveness of the European automotive industry and would not threaten access to passenger cars for the European public,” Kupka said in a press release.
However, according to the executive director of the association Zdenek Petzl, Euro 7 still brings with it a number of new and demanding requirements that will affect not only new combustion vehicles, but also electric vehicles, for example unique rules for brake and tire wear, more complicated on-board monitoring, stricter rules for service life batteries or the tightening of emission limits for trucks.
EU countries and MEPs agreed today on a new emission standard, the European Parliament announced. The emission limits for passenger cars and trucks are no longer as strict as in the original proposal, and a longer time frame for the introduction of the standard was also negotiated, so among other things, Czech car manufacturers will have more time to prepare for the new rules. The regulation introduces entirely new measures to reduce emissions from tires and brakes and to increase battery life.
The deadlines for the effectiveness of the standard were therefore extended according to the Czech proposal. Now, according to Kupka, the effective period is 30 months from the entry into force of the regulation for new vehicle types M1 and N1 and 42 months for all registrations. For categories M2, M3, N2, N3 and O3, O4, the time limit is 48 months from the entry into force of the regulation for new types and 60 months for all registrations. This deadline will allow automakers to prepare for the new requirements.
According to EY automotive expert Peter Knap, the approved revised Euro 7 version represents a significant shift from the original proposal. “This is an example of the difficult balancing of health, economic and social aspects of regulation. On the one hand, more realistic implementation dates, reasonable conditions for measuring emissions and also a concession from drastic increases in requirements were achieved in the final. This is because it is a measure for roughly ten percent of cars that, with the Euro 7 standard, can drive on European roads in 2035. The standard still brings fundamental innovations in emissions from tire and brake wear. This is also relevant for electric cars and therefore beneficial in the long term. The discussion of the standard showed very illustratively how real influence can be achieved on EU soil – that is, through systematic and factual argumentation and strong alliances with those who have similar interests,” Knap told ČTK.
According to the car companies, the original text of the European Commission led to disproportionately high costs and a diversion of investment from the mandated transition to emission-free mobility by 2035. This threatened in particular smaller and affordable internal combustion vehicles and could even lead to the closure of production plants with a serious impact on employment and the competitiveness of the automotive industry in the Czech Republic and the EU. Despite this, the expected environmental benefit was very limited. According to them, a real improvement could be achieved rather by supporting the replacement of the vehicle fleet with new models with the current Euro 6/VI standard, in combination with its gradual electrification.
The agreement now awaits final ratification by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. With regard to the need for legal certainty so that the industry can start working on fulfilling the new rules, car companies appealed to the legislature to approve the text in this form as soon as possible.