According to Stellantis, the proposed Euro 7 emissions regulations belong dans la poubelle. The company would like to see the Euro 7 regulations scrapped altogether as it claims they not only go beyond the laws of physics but also add an unnecessary layer of cost considering the European Union is moving to eliminate combustion-powered vehicles in the early part of the next decade.
Euro 7 will likely to be the final set of parameters for the last generation of combustion engines in Europe–at least until internal hydrogen combustion goes mainstream. Euro 7 regulations will further restrict emissions of fine particulates, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide from gasoline and diesel cars and trucks. The current Euro 6 regulations have been in place since 2014.
Finalization of the Euro 7 ruleset was supposed to happen prior to the Paris Motor Show last month, but has been pushed back, mainly due to OEM lobbying.
“From an industry perspective, we don’t need Euro 7, as it will be drawing resources we should be spending on electrification,” said Stellantis chief, Carlos Tavares.
“Spending money developing more one step for internal combustion for a 2028 enforcement… it doesn’t make sense. Why use scarce resources for something for a short period of time? The industry doesn’t need it, and it’s counterproductive.
“When you move beyond physics, scrap it. It’s counterproductive. It doesn’t make sense, that’s why it’s being postponed. We’re ready for electric,” the CEO continued.
Do keep in mind, Tavares has been a staunch opponent of the transition to electrification, citing dogma, high costs, and a lack of infrastructure as barriers to effective adoption. The man is excellent at self-interested complaining, which thankfully delivers very quotable material.
Draft legislation obtained by POLITICO suggests the European Commission will end up setting emission standards for cars and vans at the same level as those now in place for gasoline-powered cars under the existing Euro 6 standard. The Euro 7 ruleset has been in development for four years, aside from the obvious pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, they will expand to cover particles from tires and brakes.