The European Union countries have reached an agreement on the new Euro 7 emissions regulations, which essentially cancels the stricter standards for cars and commercial vehicles that were proposed in November 2022.
This means that the emission standards will remain the same as Euro 6 for cars and commercial vehicles, with changes only applying to trucks and buses. The countries have also accepted the new emission limits for particles from brakes and tires.
Automakers and eight EU countries opposed Euro 7, arguing that it is too costly and the environmental benefits are negligible. They claimed that the cost of the equipment required to meet the stricter Euro 7 standards that were proposed would lead to a significant increase in prices, making small cars economically unsustainable. Additionally, they insisted that Euro 7 would divert resources that should be spent on electrification efforts.