New EU Low-Voltage Motor Requirement
The European Union has introduced a new minimum efficiency level for LV motors as the new standard. The requirements, in the form of Commission Regulation EC 640/2009, come into effect on June 16, 2011.
The EU MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standard) covers most two-, four- and six-pole motors in the power range 0.75 kW to 375 kW for alternating current (AC) power supply frequencies of 50 Hz nd 60 Hz.
All motors covered by EU MEPS to be placed on the European market after June 16 must achieve as a minimum International Efficiency standard level 2 (IE2). Some motors, such as motors for explosive atmospheres, are currently excluded from EU MEPS.