EU Determined to Ban New Fossil Fuel Cars by 2035

European Parliament’s environment committee approved an EU plan to ban fossil fuel cars from 2035, but voted against proposals for tougher CO2 emission cut targets for cars in this decade.

The committee supported the proposal for a 100% cut in CO2 emissions by 2035, which would make it impossible to sell new fossil fuel-powered vehicles within the bloc.

The European Commission proposed the targets as part of a bigger package of climate change policies last July, considering new cars stay on the roads for an average of 10 to 15 years. It means that 2035 is the latest fossil fuel cars could be registered in order not to put the bloc’s 2050 net zero emissions target in danger.

The parliament’s environmental committee did not back a proposal from some lawmakers for a more ambitious CO2 emission cut from cars by 2030. The Commission’s proposal was 55%. It did not back the proposal from other lawmakers to ease the 2035 target either.

The EU hopes to create clarity for the automotive industry with CO2 standards and stimulate innovation and investments, which should make electric vehicles cheaper.

The proposal is set to be voted in the European Parliament in the coming months, followed by the negotiation of the rules by lawmakers and member countries.

A quarter of EU CO2 emissions come from transport and it has been rising in recent years. The bloc aims to tackle that by accelerating the shift to electric vehicles.

While some automakers, including Volkswagen, has already announced plans to stop selling fossil fuel cars in Europe by 2035, some industry groups have warned against banning a specific technology and they say a massive expansion of charging infrastructure is necessary to reach the targets.

The EU is also negotiating proposals to require countries to install public charging points at regular intervals along major roads.

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