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TAXI TRADE READY: Tyre particulate emissions set for future Euro 7 regulation

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The European Union is set to regulate tyre particulate emissions for the first time as part of its new Euro 7 standards proposal. The move comes as CO2 emissions rules drive the deployment of zero-emission vehicles.

The aim is to ensure that all vehicles on EU roads are much cleaner, including those emitting pollutants from their tailpipes. While by 2035 all cars and vans sold in the EU will have zero CO2 emissions, more than 20% of cars and vans and over half of heavier vehicles on the roads are expected to continue to emit pollutants in 2050.

Until now, tyre emissions, also known as particulate emissions, have not been part of the Euro vehicle standards. But under the new Euro 7 proposals, both tyre and brake particles will be measured, linked to respiratory issues.

The new standard rules are set to arrive in 2025, and will be the first worldwide emission standards to regulate particulate emissions from brakes and rules on microplastic emissions from tyres, for all vehicles including electric ones.

Tyre pollution legislation is also being contemplated in the United States, particularly in California.

ENSO tyres have already produced a tyre for the taxi industry that has been shown to reduce particulate matter emissions by up to 35% versus other tyres in the trial, a positive step toward cleaner air and the reduction of respiratory health problems.

There are other benefits to the more environmentally friendly tyre too. ENSO offers cab drivers best-in-class tyres, with the potential to extend the range of their electric taxi by as much as 10 percent.

ENSO tyres are also proven to significantly reduce tyre wear and improve the ride and handling, with better grip and reduced noise – all at a lower price than standard fit or replacement tyres.


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