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Emissions producing cars will soon be a thing of the past in Europe | Source: Electrek

EU to Ban Sales of All CO2 Emitting Combustion Engine Cars and Vans by 2035

It’s the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine. The EU has voted to uphold a proposed ban on internal combustion powered cars and vans starting in 2035, while an avalanche of car manufacturers are announcing their intentions to fully electrify their ranges by the late 2020s.

Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Renault, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Ford, and Mini have all announced plans to switch to battery power by the 2030s with many other brands to follow suit in the early 2030s.

European car companies such as BMW, who produces the Mini Cooper, have already started offering electric versions of classic models. Source: Top Gear

Automotive associations from across the bloc lobbied lawmakers, trying to reduce the 100 per cent ban to 90 per cent, but were unsuccessful. The decision cements the European Parliament’s position on the issue, now member states will open negotiations with the EU in order to finalise the specifics of the law.

The EU is enacting legislation to address climate change and more specifically emissions reduction, originally requiring new cars to produce 90 per cent less emissions. The change in rules is progressing through the European Parliament at the same time as other legislation which supports the rollout of electric vehicle infrastructure, requiring the creation of millions of charging points across the EU.

EU to Ban Sales of All CO2 Emitting Combustion Engines
The European Parliament made a commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 55 percent from 1990s levels | Source:

German automotive association, VDA, lobbied against the law, saying that it penalised alternative low-carbon fuels and was too early to commit to because of the slow progress that is being made to develop the infrastructure to support electric charging.

The law bans all new CO2 emissions producing cars and vans, including hybrid, gas (LPG, CNG), agrofuel (ethanol, agrodiesel) petrol and diesel vehicles, with all vehicles likely to be powered by electricity or hydrogen cells. The change from a 90 per cent reduction to a 100 per cent reduction in emissions producing combustion vehicles was backed by 55 per cent of the vote.

This total ban on the internal combustion engine, in line with IPCC recommendations, is our only chance to achieve our climate objectives. It allows us to reduce our dependence on oil. It is good for air quality, remember that pollution causes 300,000 premature deaths per year in Europe.

Lucien Mathieu, Belgian NGO, Transport & Environment Spokesperson

The legislation still needs to be approved by all 27 EU countries before it becomes law and after meeting plenty of resistance from large automotive companies in Germany, France and England, it may be difficult for the rule change to me made official.

Mercedes Benz and VW Group have supported the proposal, saying that it would be able to electrify their cars more than five years before the 2035 deadline.

VW is ready to fully electrify their fleet
Automotive giant VW Group have said that they are ready to fully electrify their fleet by 2030 | Source: Cars Guide

 “By 2030, we are ready to go fully electric wherever market conditions allow, the decision puts the onus on policymakers to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place.”

Eckart von Klaeden, head of external relations at Mercedes.

The ban on combustion engine cars and vans is the most recent advancement the EU has made towards their commitment to cut net planet-warming emissions 55 per cent by 2030, from 1990 levels. Faster emissions reductions are needed to achieve the goals of the plan, which was submitted to the European Council in July 2021 as part of the “Fit for 55” package.

A reduction in emissions across the EU is being discussed across several policy areas, such as environment, energy, transport and economic and financial affairs. 

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