EU Just Banned Non EV Cars From 2035 ON

EU Just Banned Non-EV Cars From 2035 ON

Imagine thinking this has anything to do with the environment.


EU heralds the end of the internal combustion engine

From 2035, new cars with diesel and petrol engines will no longer be allowed to be registered in the EU. The EU Parliament has now approved the project.

Dhe EU heralds the end of the internal combustion engine. On Tuesday in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted with 340 votes in favour, 279 against and 21 abstentions to only allow cars with electric or hydrogen drives by 2035. For new cars and light commercial vehicles with petrol and diesel engines, this will end at the end of 2034. This also applies if they are operated with synthetic fuels, so-called e-fuels.

The interim targets are to reduce CO 2 emissions from cars by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 2021. For light commercial vehicles, the interim target is 50 percent. Parliament thus backed a compromise on the 2021 Commission proposal negotiated with the Council of Ministers of the Member States in the autumn.

Many jobs are at risk

There had previously been a heated argument about the new CO 2 limits and the end of combustion engines. In the federal government, the FDP had pushed for a technology-open solution that would have made it possible to continue driving combustion engines with e-fuels. In the end, however, this only found its way into a non-legally binding, so-called recital. He calls on the Commission to submit proposals on how cars could still be operated with climate-neutral e-fuels after 2035.

How this is to be understood is debatable, as it is conditional. “So far, the commission has not given the impression that it seriously wants to launch a proposal,” admitted FDP MP Jan-Christoph Oetjen. “Parliament missed the last exit,” said the CDU- MP Jens Gieseke. Openness to technology is getting under the wheels. Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at risk. The promise made by the Liberals, Greens and Social Democrats that new jobs would also be created is not being fulfilled. New battery factories are more likely to be built in Canada and the USA. “Europe is back in the race for the longest-range batteries and most modern cars as we now have a clear framework for the auto industry to move towards electric mobility,” said Michael Bloss of the Greens.
This is a noticeable tightening compared to the currently applicable limit values. So far, emissions should “only” fall by 30 percent by 2030. This proposal must now also be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Only when both institutions have found a common position can it come into force.
The CO 2 requirements for cars, buses and commercial vehicles are part of a series of European legislative projects for the automotive industry. The new emissions limits for cars and trucks (Euro 7) have recently caused a stir. This is not about climate protection, but about air quality and health. Even the Green Environment Minister Steffi Lemke had criticized the proposal presented by the Commission in autumn, especially with regard to the short introduction periods. The automotive industry warns that the costs of improving emissions levels are holding back the necessary investments in electromobility.

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