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As the European Union (EU) Stage 5 engine regulations come into force and an ever-growing number of UK cities seek to mitigate air pollution through the use of low emissions zones (LEZ), the impact of pollution from non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) is coming into sharp focus.

The legislative net has been tightening around the automotive industry’s emissions standards for many years now – and it’s been well publicised. We’re all now very familiar with the concept of the London congestion charge and catalytic converters on our diesel cars. However, one sector that’s so avoided the lime light is NRMM – everything from agricultural machinery, construction, building material machinery, industrial trucks, cranes and even inland waterway vessels. Now, just like the auto industry, NRMM is undergoing a profound change, driven by legislation.

What are EU Stage 5 Regulations?

As of 1 January 2019, all new machines which fall within the scope of NRMM have had to comply with new emissions standards; Euro-Stage 5. This means that for the first time, all engines with a power range up to 560 kW are included in EU emissions legislation.

The purpose? To further reduce the levels of particulate matter (PM) produced by internal combustion engines (ICE). So, weather someone is working in a warehouse that uses diesel forklifts, ploughing the fields in a tractor or simply walking past a construction site using ICE excavators and generators, the air they breathe should be much cleaner as a result.

For those using ICE engines, there’s no getting around the fact you will have to comply. All combustion engines, whether they’re petrol, diesel, gas, or anything else are included, and it applies equally to both variable-speed and constant-speed engines.

Are you ready for EU Stage 5 Regulations?

Euro Stage 5 engine regulations are injecting urgency into the vast number of industries using NRMM. They are keen to not just comply with current regulations but also get ahead of the curve and protect their businesses against future, tougher regulations.

Traditional OEMs, factory managers, construction companies and virtually every other sector that requires powertrains, are now, therefore, embroiled in a race. A race to slash emissions. A race to electrify.

This may sound like a daunting task – especially at a time of ever tightening budgets, when R&D into new and effective drive chains can come at large expense. However, without electrifying, these businesses could face the prospect of installing expensive engine after-treatment to comply. In some cases, this could add 50-100% to the cost of machinery.

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That’s where we can help. By offering a spade-ready, bespoke and affordable alternative that’s zero emissions, future proof and trusted by household brands, we can be your electrification partner to navigate you through the rapidly changing legislative landscape.

Not only does this save many years and potentially huge sums of money on inhouse R&D, but by making the speedy transition to electrification, you can begin to see other savings such as lowered maintenance and fuel costs almost immediately. Not only that, going electric has multiple benefits for your customers, from improved operator comfort, reduced noise pollution, and enabling 24/7 operations in city centres, residential areas, near schools and hospitals with zero disruption. 

Do you need to get ahead of the curve? Here’s our 5 steps to electrification…