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Why India is Considering New Vehicle Emission Standards Due to Influence from the EU

The Council of the European Union has officially approved the Euro 7 emissions regulations, paving the way for India’s transition to BS7 standards. These rules aim to limit pollutants from combustion engine vehicles and will become operational within 20 days of publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

India, currently in its BS6 stage, is gearing up for BS7 in alignment with Europe’s Euro 7 standards. Last year, Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari urged the automotive industry to start preparing for the next generation of emission norms, emphasizing the need for research and development.

Euro 7 introduces regulations to reduce emissions from new vehicles in Europe, targeting tailpipe and brake emissions. It also sets minimum battery life requirements for electric and plug-in hybrid cars. These standards will apply to new vehicle types within 30 months and to new cars themselves within 42 months.

The approval of Euro 7 by the EU Council comes after revisions to the original 2022 proposal due to protests from car manufacturers and some member countries like Spain and Italy. The updated regulations will be implemented for cars in 2030, five years later than initially planned, to address concerns raised by manufacturers about competitiveness and profitability.

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