Official: EU Bans Internal Combustion Cars for 2035
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Official: EU Bans ICE for 2035

The European Union has officially put ink to paper and called for a near total ban on internal combustion cars from 2035.

After years of debate and a steadfast proposal introduced last year, the EU has agreed to increase required cuts to carbon emissions by 2030 and issue a nearly complete ban on the sale of new, internal combustion-powered cars and vans from 2035 on.

The new ICE ban exists under the EU’s larger “Fit for 55” climate strategy, which aims to slash carbon emissions across the continent by some 55% (of 2021’s numbers) by 2030.

“This agreement will pave the way for the modern and competitive automotive industry in the EU,” says Jozef Síkela, Czech minister of industry and trade. “The world is changing, and we must remain at the forefront of innovation. I believe we can take advantage of this technological transition. The envisaged timeline also makes the goals achievable for car manufacturers.”

The proposal revises existing rules, last amended in 2019. The provisional political agreement reached in trilogue negotiations will now have to be formally adopted by the Council and the Parliament.

According to the regulation, every manufacturer must ensure that the average CO2 emissions from its fleet of newly registered vehicles in a calendar year do not exceed its specific annual emissions target. Manufacturers can continue to place vehicles with combustion engines on the market but if they exceed their emissions target in a given year, they must pay a premium of €95 per gram CO2/km above the target per vehicle registered. Consequently, with the new targets agreed, zero-emission vehicles will eventually become cheaper than vehicles running on fossil fuels.

And, while some carmakers — most notably Stellantis, and its controversial CEO, Carlos Tavares — seem to think those guidelines are unrealistic, others like Mercedes, the Volkswagen Group, Ford, and Jaguar Land Rover are fully on board. Still others, like Volvo and Polestar, have criticized the “Fit for 55” plan as not being ambitions enough, and announced their exit from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) at the end of this year to focus on their goal to produce, “a truly carbon neutral car by 2030.”

You can read the official EU press release at this link, then let us know what you think of this newest ICE ban in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


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