The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico (Sermanat), decided to extend the validity of the EPA07 / EuroV regulation that had been established in 2017 in the country, to set the limits of emissions of carbon, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, ammonia and other pollutants, for vehicles that exceed 3,857 kg of gross vehicle weight. The standard, known as NOM 044, will continue with its application until January 1, 2025.
This provision that extends the validity of Euro V diesel engines for new vehicles, provides greater legal stability to manufacturers and importers of commercial passenger and cargo vehicles in Mexico, which exceed 3,857Kg of gross weight. The measure will also allow transporters to accelerate the renewal of the vehicle fleet, as well as prepare the country so that it can count on an ultra-low sulfur fuel at the national level in the near future.
It is important to mention that Sermanat, in 2019, granted Pemex, responsible for refining and marketing fuels in the country, an extension so that it can continue to sell at Diesel Euro V service stations until December 31, 2024. Therefore, Previously, it was necessary to unify the concepts of emission minimums accepted for new vehicles, which were also in line with the engine technologies offered on the market.
It is important to mention that Pemex has been dragging the problem of delay to fully comply with the formulations of diesel fuels, so they hope to comply with the supply of energy from 2025. This delay is more frustrating if it is taken into account that More than 80% of the fuel sold today meets the ultra-low sulfur standard, and both the United States and Brazil are good examples of dual fuel distribution.
Although in contrast, compared to countries such as China and India, with a fleet of less stringent emission standards and a greater number of vehicles, these two countries are moving faster towards Euro VI than the Aztec nation.