From 2035, the sale of heat-powered vehicles will be banned in the European Union in favor of 100% electric vehicles. Photo DR
The 27 EU member states approved last Wednesday the European Commission’s plan to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars in Europe to zero from 2035, i.e. effectively phasing out sales of internal combustion engines in favor of 100% electric vehicles.
This measure, proposed by the European executive in July 2021, is yet to be discussed with MEPs. This will mean the virtual cessation of sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles and light commercial vehicles in the European Union from 2035, as well as hybrids (gasoline-electric). This should help achieve the continent’s climate goals, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050. such as synthetic fuels (e-fuel) or plug-in hybrid engines, if they achieve the goal of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
European environment ministers meeting in Luxembourg also approved a five-year extension of the CO2 exemption granted to “niche” manufacturers or those producing less than 10,000 vehicles per year until the end of 2035. This clause, sometimes referred to as the “Ferrari Amendment,” will benefit luxury brands in particular. Therefore, now these measures must be agreed with the MEPs, who also defined their position on the proposal of the European Commission this month.
The car, the main mode of transport for Europeans, accounts for just under 15% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions, one of the main gases responsible for global warming.
Source: L Orient Le Jour
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