The European automotive industry has already submitted figures to adapt to the Euro 7 regulations. The president of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (Acea), Luca de Meo, warned today at a hearing organized by the group of European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) in Parliament European that the cost of adapting to the Euro 7 emission regulations for manufacturers varies between 20,000 and 35,000 million euros.

The Italian executive, also CEO of the Renault Group, indicated that these additional costs are necessary to adapt vehicles to Euro 7 homologation systems and tests.

“The recent Euro 7 proposal on pollutant emissions is a paradigmatic example of a regulation that will add complexity and uncertainty to the decisions and main investments of European vehicle manufacturers, without providing the environmental benefits that it claims to offer”, said De Meo. And that’s it, industry sources point out that the reduction of gases with this standard would be only four percentage points.

De Meo himself already warned last February that the Euro 7 standard”could lead a vehicle manufacturer like Renault to close at least four plants in a short period of time“But this is not the only problem that this emission standard would have, as it would also make vehicles more expensive. According to the president of Acea, the introduction of Euro 7 would imply an increase of 2,000 euros per vehicle. be the first that includes passenger cars, commercial and industrial vehicles. The entry into force of the Euro 7 standard is scheduled for July 2025, in the case of passenger cars and vans, and two years later for trucks and buses. compliance with the European Green Deal.

Luca de Meo highlighted that “today European vehicle manufacturers face a very asymmetrical challenge. We are no longer leading the technology race.” A message that arrives on the eve of the European summit this Thursday and Friday in which the leaders of the EU Member States and the community institutions will debate the competitiveness strategy of the European Union.

erosion of competitiveness

On the other hand, the head of the French automobile consortium also highlighted that “at the same time, as the incentives to buy zero-emission vehicles in the EU diminish, we observe a Massive support for our Chinese and American competitors. All of this is taking place in a context where Europe’s global competitiveness is deteriorating.”

Acea Director General Sigrid de Vries added that “the recent Euro 7 proposal on polluting emissions is a paradigmatic example of a regulation that will add complexity and uncertainty to key decisions and investments by European vehicle manufacturers, without contributing with the environmental benefits it claims to offer.

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