Europe takes another step towards banning the sale of thermal cars in 2035

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament has approved the implementation of anti-pollution standards, which will only allow the sale of zero-emission cars on the continent in 2035.

Europe seems to be heading towards new cars that are only “zero emissions” in 2035. In a tweet, MEP Pascal Canfin indicated that “the new law governing the CO2 emission standards for cars” had been voted by 46 votes for, 40 against and 2 abstentions, by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament.

A law definitively passed in June

President of this commission, Pascal Canfin specifies that it should therefore no longer be possible for manufacturers to sell thermal or hybrid cars in 2035, with “the end of the sale of non-zero emission cars”. A plenary session of Parliament, scheduled for June, should enact this law.

Production maintained to supply “the rest of the world”?

A ban on the sale in the member countries of the European Union, which does not mean the total cessation of the production of petrol and diesel cars.

“Even if Europe bans the sale of internal combustion engines, other countries in the world will continue to use them”, declared the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, during a trip to Lombardy, where he met with automotive industry representatives, including Stellantis Chairman John Elkann.

Thierry Breton underlined that the electric market share would be limited to 12% of new car sales in Africa around 2030, and 40% in the United States or India, thus leaving market opportunities for manufacturers in the Old continent.

What limit the impact in terms of jobs on an industrial sector which has already initiated a major transition to new engines.

In addition to the “zero emissions” objective for 2035, the Commission must present by July a proposal for new, tougher regulations on pollutant emissions from cars, the future Euro 7 standard, which must apply from of 2025.

The (new) doubts of Tavares

If the Stellantis group has started its transformation well, with many brands which must switch to 100% electric, starting with DS from 2024, its general manager Carlos Tavares has always been critical of this regulatory context.

This week, he spoke out again on the subject at an event organized by the Financial Timespoints out an article by Caradisiac. Carlos Tavares notably warned of the risks of a shortage of batteries in the coming years and of dependence on Asian suppliers.

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