The Third Vice President and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, has assured that Spain is preparing to “do without combustion engines” on the horizon of 2035. In an informative meeting organized this Thursday by the New Economy Forum, he explained that in order to achieve this goal by the year 2035, “exponential growth of recharging infrastructures” will be experienced. This has been confirmed after a meeting to address the final version of the hydrological plan for the Guadalquivir basin on April 28, 2022 in Seville
Likewise, the head of Ecological Transition considered that the automobile sector is “much more than the leading car companies”, explaining that it is a “very broad” sector in which “a very big change” is being carried out.
The European Parliament approved on June 8 the proposal to put an end to the sale of new passenger cars and commercial vehicles with a combustion engine (also hybrids) in the year 2035, advancing this ban by five years.
With 264 votes in favour, 328 against and 10 abstentions, MEPs rejected the amendment presented by the Popular Party so that this objective of 100% reduction in emissions would go to 90% for said exercise.
In Spain, last year the Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition was approved in the Congress of Deputies, which, among its objectives, included that the deadline to stop selling cars and commercial combustion vehicles (also hybrids) was 2040 .
Environment ministers will now have to decide their position on these targets at the end of this month, before starting negotiations with Parliament. The final law is expected to be approved in the fall.