The profile committee of the European Parliament approved a ban on fuel cars by 2035
The European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) has approved an initiative to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035. It is reported by Reuters.
The profile committee has set a deadline for banning sales of fuel-powered vehicles by 2035, based on the fact that Europeans who have recently bought such cars will use them for another 10-15 years. ENVI’s decision to move away from fuel-based transport increases the EU’s chances of reaching net zero emissions in the region by 2050.
“By setting standards for CO2 emissions, we are making the future clearer for the automotive industry and creating an incentive for innovation and investment in its development,” said committee member Ian Whitama. ENVI hopes the measure will help reduce the cost of electric vehicles across the EU. Proposals for carbon regulation in the automotive industry will be submitted to the European Parliament in the coming months, after which the final rules will be agreed.
In April, Audi CEO Markus Düssmann said automakers should phase out combustion engine vehicles from 2040 onwards. However, not all market representatives agree with this point of view. For example, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse believes that companies that stop producing “classic” cars altogether risk falling into heavy dependence on countries that produce raw materials for lithium batteries, including China.