(CTN News) – As a result of Volkswagen’s call for new EU emissions standards to be pushed back to 2026, it expects that all upcoming cars will meet the standards by autumn 2027, which is slightly more than a year later than planned.
It is estimated that Volkswagen could meet this deadline if the law comes into force in mid-2024, giving carmakers two years notice to begin implementing the planned standards, and three years to cover the entire new fleet of vehicles, Volkswagen said in its position paper.
Countries in the European Union and senators will negotiate this year the Euro 7 proposals, which will tighten emission limits for cars, heavy-duty trucks, buses, as well as nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions from motor vehicles.
According to the European Commission, the Volkswagen proposed new emission regulations are too expensive, and will be impossible to implement in the timeframe the Commission expects. Hence, the automakers are fighting back against the proposed rules.
Even so, the Commission asserts the measures need to be implemented as quickly as possible in order to reduce harmful emissions while combustion engine cars are still on the road.
Based on VW’s latest statement, if these new rules are implemented from July 2025, it would result in a halt in production for many Volkswagen models across Europe for a long period of time, according to a position paper the company released on Thursday.
A number of other aspects of the regulation, including limitations on the tiny particulates from brakes as well as tyre wear, are expected to be delayed, Volkswagen said without offering a date.
There will be a need for several years of lead time,” the statement said, pointing to the absence of suppliers or industrialized production of tires that meet the new regulations due to the lack of suppliers.