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If you've bought a brand new car you will need to get its first MOT after three years but, before then, there is no legal obligation to do any testing.

Euro 6 is a set of European Union (EU) emissions standards that define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new vehicles. These standards were introduced to regulate the emissions of harmful pollutants from vehicles, particularly those that use internal combustion engines, such as cars and trucks. Euro 6 is the sixth iteration of these standards and represents a significant advancement in environmental regulations.

The Euro 6 standards primarily focus on reducing emissions of four key pollutants:

  1. Nitrogen Oxides (NOx): Euro 6 sets strict limits on NOx emissions, which are a major contributor to air pollution and can lead to respiratory problems and smog formation.

  2. Particulate Matter (PM): It also imposes stringent limits on particulate matter emissions, which are tiny particles or droplets in the air that can be harmful when inhaled. Reducing PM emissions is particularly important for diesel-powered vehicles.

  3. Carbon Monoxide (CO): Euro 6 limits carbon monoxide emissions, a poisonous gas that can be harmful to human health.

  4. Hydrocarbons (HC) and Non-Methane Hydrocarbons (NMHC): These emissions, which contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and smog, are also subject to strict limits under Euro 6.

To meet Euro 6 standards, manufacturers of cars, trucks, and other vehicles must implement advanced emission control technologies. Some of the common technologies used to reduce emissions and comply with these standards include:

  • Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR): This technology uses a urea-based solution (AdBlue) to reduce NOx emissions by converting them into harmless nitrogen and water.

  • Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF): These filters trap and remove particulate matter from the exhaust gases of diesel engines.

  • Improved Engine Management: Manufacturers optimize engine performance and combustion processes to reduce emissions.

  • Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR): EGR systems recirculate a portion of exhaust gas back into the engine's combustion chamber to reduce NOx emissions.

  • Advanced Fuel Injection Systems: Precise fuel injection can help improve combustion efficiency and reduce emissions.

Euro 6 standards were progressively introduced, with different compliance deadlines for various categories of vehicles. It's essential to note that these standards have been in place for several years (as of my last knowledge update in September 2021), and there may have been further developments or even more stringent standards introduced since then. Compliance with these standards is crucial for reducing the environmental impact of road transportation and improving air quality.