EU proposes ban on internal combustion cars by 2035
The European Union on Wednesday proposed to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2035, Reuters reports. The proposed ban is part of a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 55% by 2030 from current levels, a much more ambitious target than the current target of 37.5%.
An even more ambitious target of a 100% reduction by 2035 would make it virtually impossible to sell a new petrol or diesel vehicle in the EU. The shift to electric vehicles is happening a little faster in Europe than in the United States. According to Reuters, one in new cars sold last year was either a hybrid or a full BEV, despite the pandemic that kept many buyers from entering showrooms.
To ease the transition to EVs, some countries have also proposed no longer moving EV charging stations away from each other on major highways, and a huge improvement in infrastructure that would be needed to ease the shift to EVs. The commission that proposed the ICE motor vehicle ban also estimated that more than $ 140 billion should be spent on public and private charging stations by 2040.
If you’ve been following automotive news for the past couple of years, you’ve probably noticed that a number of automakers have already committed to only building and selling electric vehicles by that year. . Jaguar, Bentley, and a few other notable automakers have already committed to a full line of electric vehicles by then. Others, like Audi, have already put the brakes on the development of new ICE powertrains completely to focus on improving battery technology. And then there are automakers like BMW, which have not made a commitment to end the development of the ECI.
The proposed ban only affects the sale of new cars, so Europeans would still be able to find something second-hand fueled by explosive dino juice to wander around, if it suits them. It’s an ambitious plan, but one that seems to fit in with the existing plans of European automakers, for the most part.