Automobilclub Mobil in Deutschland eV sees the end of the internal combustion engine and dramatic consequences for the automotive industry in view of the Euro 7 norm looming on the horizon, which is to come into force in 2025.
The planned Euro 7 standard provides for clearly strict emission standards for motor vehicles from 2025: New vehicles will then only emit 30 mg NOx (nitrogen oxide) per kilometer and, in a second scenario, only 10 mg per kilometer. The current limit is 60 mg for gasoline and 80 mg for diesel vehicles. In addition, the CO2 limit values are to be drastically reduced to 300 or 100 mg, depending on the vehicle category. In addition, significant tightening of the measurement conditions during the Real Drive Emissions Test (RDE) to comply with limit values should come into force. All exceptions previously permitted in the RDE are to be removed, i.e. tests contrary to the real everyday use of most cars in extreme situations (extremely low temperatures, driving at full throttle, driving at high altitudes or towing a trailer).
The automobile club criticizes: “The Dutch EU Vice-Commission President Frans Timmermans is in charge of this standard, and he has often attracted attention with his absurd demands. For example, with his request to ban short-haul flights in Europe. The specified goal of the EU Commission is to reduce pollutant emissions. " Michael Haberland, President of the Automobilclub Mobil in Deutschland eV, is against the provisions of the new emissions standard: “The Euro 7 standard is an unfamiliar and disproportionate resolution proposal with emissions regulations that are practically and technically impossible to implement. The air in our cities is cleaner than ever. The current diesel models have improved enormously in recent years and are already efficient and low-emission combustion engines. "
It is true that the planned specifications for Euro 7 are technically and practically impossible for the automotive industry - especially not for the combustion engine. According to VDA President Hildegard Müller, the planned permissible values are to be compared with the resting heart rate during sport. But EU Commission Vice President Timmermans defends these tightening and is of the opinion that these regulations will be kept technology-neutral. Mobil sees it differently in Germany: “The EU Commission has a policy of prohibition through the back door. A ban on combustion engines in order to promote the desired electromobility. Only the local emissions are used as a basis for the limit value analysis - the pollutants and environmental pollution generated during production and energy generation are excluded. It would make more sense if the EU were to deal with alternative fuels that are realistic: e-fuels, for example. With this, every combustion engine could easily drive CO2-neutrally. But then there would still be burners. "