The European Commission is inviting commentary on its draft Euro 5 emissions standards, which will be brought forward by the end of 2005 and go into effect by mid-2008 at the earliest.
Notably, the draft proposal puts SUVs into the same conformance class as passenger cars, rather than allowing the use of the less ambitious standards for light commercial vehicles.
According to the draft, PM emissions from diesel cars would be slashed by 80% and NOx by 20%. Although the standards do not specify technology solutions, the magnitude of the reduction in PM emissions will likely de facto require the universal use of particulate filters.
For gasoline cars, the Commission proposes to cut NOx emissions and hydrocarbons by 25%.
Our ideas are ambitious, but realistic. The new emission limits will open the way to cleaner cars. This is good for the health of our citizens and the environment. Industry gets a clear perspective and the time to prepare to produce clean, high quality cars without endangering its competitiveness. This is the only road to future success. It is now up to stakeholders to have their say.—Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen
|Diesel Passenger Car Standards||Gasoline Passenger Car Standards|
|Comparison of Euro Emissions Standards|
By way of comparison, the SULEV II standard specifies PM emissions of 0.006 g/km (0.01 g/mi) and NOx emissions of 0.012 g/km (0.02 g/mi).
Preliminary draft proposal for Euro 5