The European Parliament approves the end of combustion cars in 2035

Finally it will be. The European Parliament has voted in favor of an effective ban on the sale of new cars with thermal engines in the European Union from the year 2035. The parliamentarians thus supported last Wednesday the proposal previously promoted by the European Union Environment Commission, in which it has sought to intensify the fight against polluting gas emissions in vehicles.

This fact does nothing more than definitively implement a regulation that car manufacturers had already internalized, since most companies are already betting on a complete reduction of carbon emissions by 2030, that is, five years earlier than stipulated by European legislation. It has been in the assembly of the European Union, based in the city of Strasbourg, where the almost definitive shelving of this regulation has been given, which calls for a 100% reduction in CO2 by the middle of the next decade. This measure will be effective on the 27 member countries.

In parallel, the legislators of the European Union also approved a measure to reduce carbon gas emissions by 15%, with respect to the year 2021, of the new thermal cars marketed from the second half of this decade. This measure extends its margin to 55% once the border is crossed in 2030culminating in the year 2035 with a total percentage of 100%.

While the environmental group Transport & Environment applauded everything approved last Wednesday, the VDA group, for its part, made up of several representatives of the German automotive industry, was very critical of the vote because, they claimed, it completely ignores the fact of the lack of charging infrastructure within the European region. They also alluded to the exclusion of synthetic fuels, since these are still in the testing phase and even before showing results, the European Parliament has already closed the door to their possible arrival on the market as a possible alternative to electric cars.

Hybrid cars will also be banned from 2035 due to their thermal mechanics
Hybrid cars will also be banned from 2035 due to their thermal mechanics

As proposed by the European Commission last year 2021, and was approved just a month ago, the total ban on selling thermal cars in 2035 would have a reason for being, since, according to estimates, cars have a useful life of between 10 and 15 years, which means that the last combustion vehicles sold in 2035 would reach the end of their life cycle in 2050, the year in which the European Union intends to have zero net CO2 emissions from all sectors within the European territory. Currently, as signed by the same commission, cars represent 12% of the total gases emitted in Europe.

Once the European Parliament has endorsed the measure initially proposed by the European Union Environment Commission, only the approval by each of the member countries will remain to finalize the agreement of this regulation and start drafting the pertinent legislation on the requirements that it will carry out. Something that is expected to happen without major inconvenience on the part of the different nations. This is believed to be a reality starting next fall.

Almost all automobile companies already foresee a general decrease in average carbon emissions for the coming years, with their sights set decisively on the electric future of their sales. Let’s remember that this measure approved by the European Parliament also completely eliminates the possibility of selling hybrid cars, since these equip, with greater or lesser prominence, thermal engines. For this reason, from the next few years it is expected that the manufacturers themselves will gradually reduce the investment allocated to these hybrid vehicles and dedicate that amount to the development of electric cars entirely.

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