Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The EU drops strict requirements for electric cars in cold weather

It is not only cars with internal combustion engines that get around the upcoming Euro 7 requirements 'easier'. Electric cars do that too. The EU drops a requirement for range in cold weather.

Earlier this month, the EU Parliament and the European Council adopted the final requirements for the emission standard for motor vehicles on the Union's roads.

The rules, which are also known as the "Euro norm", must soon – that is, in June 2026 – be complied with by all new passenger cars, which must meet the so-called Euro 7 requirements.

But it will be a watered down game. After pressure from several individual member states, the EU could only reach agreement on a slightly stricter version of the applicable Euro 6d requirements.

Some of the proposed rules do not materialize at all. The EU would like to have introduced a requirement that required car brands to disclose the range of electric cars separately in cold weather.

This is written by Swedish Mestmotor .

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But this demand will not materialize anyway. In fact, it is poured out of the agreement completely, and although it is well known that the range disappears like dew from the sun in cold weather.

However, the EU has stuck to a requirement for the durability of electric car batteries. The requirement, which is part of the text of the agreement, means that new electric cars must keep at least 80 percent of the battery's original capacity for five years or 100,000 kilometers.

After 8 years or 160,000 kilometers, at least 72 percent of the original battery capacity must remain. The requirements are therefore somewhat stricter than the guarantee that many car brands even dare to give on electric cars today.

For example, a brand such as Peugeot dares not vouch for more than 70 percent of the battery's capacity remaining after 8 years or 160,000 kilometers in an electric car.

Another question is what motorists will be thinking about in eight years' time. The ban on new internal combustion engines, which the EU otherwise adopted last year, is the subject of fierce criticism.

Both politicians and large companies want the ban scrapped. And in Mallorca, the government on the holiday island is going against the grain and dropping a ban on new diesel and petrol cars. Read more about it here .

Read more exciting news from and about the world of cars right here!

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