The definitive ban on the sale of diesel, gasoline and hybrid cars throughout the EU already has a definite date. The negotiators of the European Parliament and the Governments of the 27 have reached a final agreement this Thursday on the norm that will end combustion vehicles by 2035. From that date, only zero CO2 emission vehicles, that is, electric or hydrogen, may be sold in Europe.
“Historic decision for the climate which definitively confirms the objective of 100% vehicles with zero emissions in 2035,” announced the president of the Environment Committee of the European Parliament, the French liberal Pascal Canfin, on his Twitter account. The new standard also sets an intermediate goal CO2 emission reduction of 55% for new cars and 50% for vans in 2030, compared to 2021 levels.
The EU has decided to take this drastic decision after verifying that all the measures adopted so far to cut CO2 emissions from cars have not worked. Increased traffic has largely offset improvements in engine technology. At the same time, the industry has already begun to bet on clean vehicles and Brussels intends to stimulate and accelerate this cycle of investment.
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The ban on selling new combustion and hybrid cars from 2035 is part of the arsenal of measures (Fit for 55, in Brussels jargon) that Brussels is processing to speed up the fight against climate change. The new legislation aims to ensure that the EU fulfills its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 and achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
“This agreement lays the groundwork for a modern and competitive car industry in the EU. The world is changing, and we must stay on the cutting edge of innovation. I think we can take advantage of this technological transition. The schedule set makes the targets achievable for manufacturers,” said the Czech Energy Minister, Jozef Sikelawhose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU and has therefore negotiated on behalf of the governments.
“With these goals, we create clarity for the automotive industry and stimulate innovation and investment for car manufacturers. In addition, buying and driving zero-emission cars will be cheaper for consumers“, says the Dutch MEP Jan Huitema, the rapporteur of the European Parliament for this legislation.
The European People’s Party has criticized this agreement for considering that it will cause a ‘Havana effect’ in the EU: “TBy 2035, our streets could be filled with vintage cars, because new cars will not be available or affordable. The agreement slams the door on new technological advances and puts all the eggs in the same basket,” denounces the popular negotiator, Jens Gieseke.
“The explosion of energy prices and the serious problems of supply, especially of critical raw materials for the production of electric cars, have not been taken into account in this decision. Nor is the fact that the argument of the long-term price advantage of the electric car, which has been used time and again, has been invalidated. The future abolition of public aid and high electricity prices threaten to turn the electric car into the opposite of a best sellerGieseke warns.
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