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Road transport

Road transport is a major contributor to air pollution, in particular in cities.

Although air pollution from transport has decreased over the past few years with the introduction of Real Driving Emissions (RDE) tests. As well as the transition to electric vehicles and other clean technologies, too many people are still exposed to excessive air pollution.

Chronic exposure to fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides from road traffic is estimated to have caused more than 70,000 premature deaths in the EU-27. In 2018, out of 300,000 such deaths due to air pollution overall. People living in densely populated areas are especially affected.

Warning from the German Ministry of Transport:

-that Euro-7 standard trucks can cost 4,000 euros more than in the EU.

According to the German Press Agency, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport found that the costs of trucks with Euro-7 classification could be 2,500-4,000 euros higher than previously estimated by the EU Commission.

The costs of the new Euro 7 emissions standard are likely to be much higher than those announced by the EU Commission. It was found according to the estimates of the Federal Ministry of Transport.

The news came after the German Press Agency in Berlin asked for more details. Ministry experts are reported to have estimated the extra costs for a mid-range or luxury car to be up to €400. While diesel-powered light commercial vehicles cost up to €900, a ministry spokesman confirmed.

For heavy goods vehicles, the difference can be much more painful:

-additional costs can range from 2,500 to 4,000 euros

One good reason for the extra cost is that manufacturers will have to invest in improved catalytic converters and new brake systems to meet the standards.

According to the European Commission proposal published in November 2022, the date of entry into force of the new Regulation will be 1 July 2025 . For new passenger vehicles (cars and vans) and 1 July 2027 for new heavy-duty vehicles (trucks and buses).

The standards and implementation timelines have come under widespread criticism from the industry over the past few months.

The German automobile association was one of the first professional organisations that expressed its doubts about the implementation of the new requirements.

They stated that  the standards cannot be implemented by July 2025 for passenger cars. It also believes it is technologically almost impossible to implement Euro 7 for heavy commercial vehicles by July 2027.

“We are concerned that the recent proposal for the Euro VII emissions regulation carries a serious risk of slowing down the transition to climate neutrality,” warned Martin Lundstedt, the newly re-elected chairman of the Commercial Vehicle Council of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association. , in mid-January.

Industry organizations had an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed standards until February 9. Discussions on the proposals are still to come.

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