At last what has been a proposal for months has been approved. The European Union Environment Commission has voted in favor of banning the sale of diesel and gasoline vehicles from the year 2035. A measure that is added to others and that determines a fixed course for manufacturers and drivers in the coming years. The only thing missing is approval by the European Parliament, which is not expected to lead to a major confrontation with the measure.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, it will go down in history in Europe for becoming the day on which the definitive step was taken to stop the sale of polluting vehicles. A horizon, 2035, that sets the agenda for manufacturers, who will have to comply not only with the determination to ban combustion engines, but also have to meet other requirements approved by the European Union Environment Commission.
In previous drafts, the bill set a limit of 2040, but it has finally been determined that the radical step must be taken in 2035.. In many of the countries of the European Union, the vehicle fleet has an average age of eight years, while in Spain that figure shoots up to almost 13 years on average. This means that for many drivers, their current car will be the last to use fuel, and they will have to make the leap to 100% electric on their next purchase.
Other approved measures
In addition to banning the sale of diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2035, the European Union has accompanied the vote with a ban on selling cars that use biofuels. The so-called e-fuels will not finally see the light of day, as many brands wanted. Porsche and Audi have invested large amounts of money in the development of the so-called fuels of the future, but the measure undoes all the work and capital invested. Without giving the slightest explanation, the EU has wiped this very promising measure off the map.
The entry into force of new emission limits from 2025 has also been approved. After the vote, it was determined that from that year the reduction of polluting emissions is 20% for passenger cars and 15% for industrial vehicles. Currently, the regulations set a maximum record of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer for passenger cars and 147 grams of CO2 for industrial vehicles.
Finally, the regulations will require manufacturers to make a new intermediate effort from 2030. After eliminating the intermediate limits, the next decade will start with the ban on marketing any vehicle that exceeds 123 grams of CO2 per kilometer. This measure will be a serious setback for the vast majority of current cars, which will be required to be largely electrified. In the coming weeks, the European Parliament will approve all the decisions taken by the Commission, so the new regulations will come into force.