After repeated delays, the European Commission this month released its proposed Euro 7 pollution rules, succeeding Euro 6, which came into force in 2014. The tighter vehicle emission rules create some new realities for automakers across the multination market.
Euro 7 will most likely be the final internal combustion engine regulations enacted in Europe, since the EU is requiring the sale of only zero-emission vehicles after 2035.
Automakers had fought against the new rules, arguing that money spent on new compliance measures could better be invested in lowering the cost of electrification. They argued that there will be little need for new rules because the proportion of internal combustion engine sales will continue to fall ahead of the 2035 zero-emission deadline.