Eight States, including France, have expressed reservations about the implementation of the Euro 7 standard. The costs of the latter would be too high, compared to the gains.
The week has started badly for supporters of the Euro 7 standard. This Monday, May 22, no less than eight States have expressed their opposition to the tightening of the latter. Among them, France. Following the example of Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia, the representatives of France have expressed reservations.
The fault of the colossal investment required, both for builders and future owners. This while the profit will be small. Reason why these countries have opposed to any tightening of the rulein a working document:
“We oppose any new exhaust gas rules (including new requirements on test conditions or new emission limits) for cars and light commercial vehicles. »
1,000 to 3,000 euros more per car with Euro 7?
The Euro 7 standard could represent an additional cost of 1,000 euros, specified in May 2022 Gilles le Borgne, director of engineering at Renault. Volkswagen Brand Director Thomas Schäfer rather counted on an increase of around €3,000 to €5,000!
This standard under study is strongly criticized by the automotive industry. During an interview at Figaro in 2021, Carlos Tavares, CEO of the Stellantis auto group, believed that it would make the manufacture of thermal cars « impossible ». Many jobs would also be at risk, since some models could no longer be produced.
Finally, the forced march electrification of vehicles by 2035 in the European Union is already forcing manufacturers to make heavy investments. The schedule for this deadline is hard to hold. The addition of the Euro 7 standard would constitute a new difficulty, as new vehicles will no longer produce pollutant emissions during use in 2035.
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