Last week, the European Commission voted in favor of the proposal to ban the sale of new cars with an internal combustion engine, whether or not they are hybrids in any form, in the member countries of the European Union. from 2035.
This is news of profound significance that has already caused reactions both in the member countries of the European Union and among the car manufacturers themselves, leaving a remarkable fact behind.
Germany and France are among the countries that have not fully seen the measure, or at least they question it in its present form. Based on various comments from their top officials, both countries agree that the goal is too ambitious and expensive, and they say it will have a large negative impact on the automobile industry.
However, two of the Teutonic country’s largest car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz and the Volkswagen Group have declared that although the plan is ambitious, it can be achieved. In addition to Volkswagen and Mercedes, also other manufacturers such as Ford, Stellantis and Jaguar are among the companies that generally support the end of the internal combustion engine in Europe from 2035.
Volkswagen has been the first to react by expressing its support for a ban on the sale of internal combustion engines from the middle of the next decade. A measure, however, that each member of the European Union still has to approve individually before the end of this year, although it seems like a mere formality for the total formalization of the measure.
The Wolfsburg manufacturer has cataloged the European Union’s decarbonisation strategy as an “ambitious but achievable” goal, adding the shift the industry is undergoing towards electric mobility as “irreversible“. He also commented that “it is the only ecologically, technologically and economically sensible way to replace combustion engines as soon as possible,” according to Automotive News Europe.
At Mercedes-Benz they go a step further than at Volkswagen, showing themselves to be more confident with their statements. And it is that, as they have stated on multiple occasions, by 2030 the brand will be ready to be fully electric “wherever market conditions allow it”. It is something that Eckart von Klaeden, head of external relations at Mercedes, has reiterated. “The decision places on the political leaders the responsibility for ensuring the necessary infrastructure“.