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New exemptions from the EU: some manufacturers will be able to “jump” the CO2 limits

From the European Union they are developing the relevant legislation on the prohibition of the sale of thermal cars within the region from the year 2035. However, the new law will come with some exemptions. In the last hours it has been known that low-run brands such as Bentley, McLaren or Lamborghini will have a small additional margin for selling less than 10,000 units per year.

Just a week ago, news broke of five countries calling for a delay in the implementation of the total ban in 2035. Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Italy asked to postpone the final step until, at least, the year 2040, as they argued that the economy of its citizens was not at the same level as that of other member states of the European Union. However, Italy also added an additional complement to this extension proposal, and that is that sports car manufacturers based in their country would be clearly affected by this measure, since they would have to present important technical improvements to equate electrical mechanics with thermal ones in some very tight times, something that they foresaw as a challenge almost impossible to achieve.

Italy made special mention of brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini or Pagani, companies with a low level of sales and, therefore, negligible levels of carbon emissions in proportion to what can be encrypted in brands such as Ford or Volkswagen. These Italian brands manufacture and sell below the threshold of 10,000 units per year, as do others such as McLaren or Aston Martin.

For this reason, the European Union has agreed to extend a special agreement for these companies that exempt from complying with the same margins for before the year 2035. From December 31, 2029, European legislation will require a 55% reduction in emission levels compared to 2021 to finally achieve a 100% reduction on December 31, 2035.

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McLaren will also benefit from this legislative section

With these dates, the brands of low print runs saw with immense difficulty being able to comply with the reduction of the year 2030. For this reason, the European Union has carried out an exemption for these manufacturers, which they will be able to skip the 2030 reduction and aim directly for the year 2035 and the corresponding complete elimination of thermal mechanics. Until now, this margin applied to manufacturers of less than 1,000 units per year, something that has now been extended to manufacturers of up to 10,000 units. This gives these manufacturers an additional 6 years breathing space. In recent weeks, the intention to apply said exemption for these manufacturers under the protection of the so-called “Ferrari amendment” or Amendment 121, which is now official, had already been made public.

However, and despite the name filed (“Ferrari amendment”), the firm of the “prancing horse” will not be able to benefit from such an exemption because its current sales figures are above 11,000 units in 2021, something that It will most likely increase with the upcoming arrival of the electrified SUV, the Purosangue.

However, several brands of this depth already present models with a high role of electrification through hybrid or plug-in hybrid engines. McLaren already has the Artura in its model catalogue; also Ferrari, which already manufactures the SF90 Stradale or the 296 GTB, both with plug-in hybrid mechanics. Lamborghini hopes to do the same by 2024. On the other hand, all of them already estimate the launch of a 100% electric model for the second half of this same decade, with the goal set to achieve full electrification by 2035.

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