EU key plug-in cars on tires, brakes and batteries

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Negotiators from the EU member states and the European Parliament have agreed on the new Euro-7 environmental standards for the admission of new vehicles on European roads. This time the criteria for exhaust fumes are kept virtually the same as the current Euro-6, except for buses and trucks.

Limits are set on the maximum amount of rubber particulate matter from car tires and metal from brake discs that may end up in the environment. Previous research has shown that the air quality and living environment on main streets and roads is significantly less favorable and sickening for local residents.

With the rules on rubber dust, brake discs and battery life, the EU environmental criteria can also be applied to electric vehicles for the first time. According to the current EU decisions, new fossil fuel cars will no longer be allowed after 2035. Vehicles will also have to last longer.

The new Euro 7 emissions standard introduces minimum requirements for the durability of batteries in electric and hybrid cars (80% from the start of life up to five years or 100,000 km and 72% up to eight years or 160,000 km) and vans (75% from the start of life up to five years or 100,000 km and 67% up to eight years or 160,000 km).

The text further provides for the introduction of an Environmental Vehicle Passport that contains information on environmental performance (at the time of registration!) such as limit values for pollutants, CO2 emissions, fuel and electricity consumption, electric range and battery durability.

 Vehicle users will also always have to have access to up-to-date information about fuel consumption, battery status and other relevant information from the on-board systems and monitors. New vehicles must be designed to prevent tampering with digitalized control systems.