Just a few days ago, the European Parliament voted in favor of carrying out the complete elimination of new vehicles with combustion engines by 2035 throughout the region. Certain sectors, on the contrary, joined the cause that seeks to develop new technologies that propose an alternative to electric vehicles using synthetic fuels and free of carbon emissions. This alternative is now being negotiated with some leaders of the member countries.
Although the European Parliament has voted in favor of eliminating the sale of cars with thermal engines, there are still certain procedures for this to be carried out informally. One of these terms that is still to be discerned is the individual approval of each of the member countries, so there may still be some room for maneuver for some organizations. Member States in which thermal mechanics plays a fundamental role in their current economy, such as Germany, are not particularly in the business of prohibiting the sale of such mechanics.
The debate on the definitive ban on the sale of vehicles with thermal engines will most likely take place once the summer is over. In this discussion, key states will show their discontent with this proposal and some will opt for certain exemptions, such as the development of heat engines synthetic fuels that have a neutral impact on the environment. It is known that some brands, such as Porsche or Audi, have been investigating the possibility of developing this new technology as an alternative to the pure electric car. Italy’s Minister for Ecological Transition also placed a clear negative emphasis on the parliamentary vote, as he sees an alternative future between electric technology and combustion engines that do not require the use of gasoline or diesel.
Europe’s largest automobile association, the ADAC from Germanystated from the outset his refusal of the European vote, since he assures that the objectives set by the European Union for mobility and transport cannot be achieved through a single alternative (the electric one) in the market. From this organization they believe it is extremely important to open the perspective towards another type of mechanics and they are committed to “climatically neutral” internal combustion, as they call it.
In response to this amendment, Michael Boss, Member of the European Parliament, pointed out that 2035 will mark a turning point in the car industry and “Anyone who opposes it by relying on combustion mechanics will be damaging industry, the climate and violating European law”, responded harshly the parliamentarian. At the same time, other vehicle manufacturers’ associations have joined ADAC’s fight by ensuring that this move could be very detrimental to employment of the sector in Europe.
This is notably far from what the different car brands already point out, since most of them have a specific plan in the medium and long term to limit themselves to exclusively producing and selling electric cars. Firms such as Mercedes or Volkswagen have already put all their emphasis on carrying out such a strategy, so reaching a new agreement with these automobile associations and accepting synthetic fuels as an alternative could mean breaking the plan stipulated by the majority of manufacturers. and trigger significant investment to develop additional new technology.