EU Parliament set 2035 deadline for the sale and use of fossil-powered cars

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The European Parliament has unanimously voted to a 2035 deadline for a complete ban on the sale of gasoline and diesel cars in EU countries.

MEPs decided to require automakers to decrease average fleet emissions by 15% by 2025, 55% by 2030, and 100% by 2035, compared to 2021. The vote maintains a key component of the EU’s objectives to cut net global warming emissions by 55 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels – a target that requires faster reductions in emissions from industry, energy, and transportation.

Conservatives, far-right MEPs, and even a few progressive MEPs voted against setting a higher 2030 goal or setting higher 2020 targets that would drive automakers to ramp up electric vehicle sales sooner.

According to Transport and Environment, the move is “a big step forward for climate action, air quality, and the affordability of electric vehicles,” according to Transport and Environment.

Attempts by certain lawmakers to reduce the goal to a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2035 were rejected. However, the law is not yet final, as today’s vote confirms the parliament’s position ahead of future EU member negotiations on the final form.

Transport and Environment has requested EU environment ministers to establish the effective expiration date for sales of new combustion engines when they meet on June 28. Environment ministers will settle on their position on vehicle emissions targets later this month before initiating negotiations with the parliament. Then, the final law is expected to be agreed upon in the autumn.

Cars are responsible for 12% of all transport emissions in Europe. Transportation consumes 65 percent of all oil in Europe, almost all of which is imported.

According to Alex Keynes, the 2035 timeframe means that fossil fuel vehicles will be phased out, with the last set of fossil fuel vehicles being sold off by the. This, he claims, provides Europe a fighting chance to halt what appears to be inevitable climate change. Alex, who works for Transport and Environment as the clean cars manager, sees the combustion engine phase-out as a historic opportunity to help lessen the world’s reliance on oil, “reducing our vulnerability to despots. It also gives the auto sector the assurance it needs to ramp up production of electric vehicles, decreasing driver prices.”

In 2035, environmental ministers are likely to double down, leaving no room for flimsy green solutions such as e-fuels. Allowing synthetic fuels in cars would be a wasteful and inefficient diversion from the immense task of cleaning up the transportation system. Today’s battery electric vehicles are a more environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and efficient way to reduce carbon emissions.


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