Euro 7 regulations could kill the internal combustion engine by 2026


In light of the electrification push from automakers and the restrictions that will be imposed by some countries like the UK, the future of the internal combustion engine was already uncertain. Today, however, there are fears that Euro 7 emissions legislation will kill it as early as 2026.

Euro 7 laws will come into effect in 2025 and proposals from the European Commission’s Consortium for Ultra-Low Emissions in Vehicles (Clove) of engineering consultants could spell the end of engines as we know them, including those in vehicles. hybrids, according to European car manufacturers. Association (ACEA).

“ACEA believes that the emission limit scenarios presented by Clove, coupled with the suggested new test conditions, would in practice result in a situation very similar to a ban on vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine, including vehicles hybrid electrics, ”the automaker said. says the association.

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Euro 7 proposal could require gasoline ICE vehicles to be fitted with a heated electric catalytic converter, two conventional 1.0-liter three-way catalysts, a 2.0-liter particulate filter and a catalytic converter. ammonia slip. Additionally, it was also proposed that ICE vehicles be fitted with an on-board diagnostic system that would monitor the engine to ensure it remains in compliance with emission regulations over 150,000 miles. ACEA believes that such devices would be nearly impossible to use in small cars and difficult to integrate into current vehicle architectures, and would result in increasingly expensive ICE-powered cars, Coach reports.

“Technical solutions designed to comply with, or intended to comply with, the extremely low limit values ​​proposed for NOx, combined with very strict limits for NO2 and NH3 [ammonia], will be very expensive and extremely complicated, ”added ACEA, discussing the idea of ​​using“ super ”catalysts. “Pushing the technological requirements to this point will drastically limit the possibilities for reducing CO2 and fuel consumption and will lead to significant uncertainties about durability and operating costs over the life of the vehicle. “

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