Europe will ban from 2035 the sale and registration of new cars with combustion engines that emit harmful gases into the atmosphere. This is something that was made public in the middle of last May, when the Environment Commission of the European Union approved said measure. Subsequently, at the beginning of this month of June, the European Parliament ratified this measure and today they are negotiating the concise measures with a view to final approval by the different states after the summer.
In this particular “tug of war” between certain member countries and the European government, the conditions are being clarified in which the definitive suspension of the sales of polluting mechanics in the region will be adapted. To date, five countries of the European Union declare themselves reluctant to this measure, requesting a five-year break in the measure to adopt it (instead of in 2035 to be carried out in 2040), since they allege that health financial situation of its citizens is not the same as that of other EU countries. These five countries are Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania. Spain, for its part, has always shown its support for the measure to abolish these vehicles within the stipulated period.
Germany, for its part, showed its support for the ban on the sale of thermal cars in Europe, as long as they emit toxic gases into the atmosphere, something that left the door open for the arrival of mechanics that work with synthetic fuelswhich are neutral in carbon emissions.
In the last few hours, since the session lasted until the early hours of last morning, the EU member countries supported the ban on the sale of cars and vans that emit CO2 from 2035, leaving the door open to the possibility of the arrival of synthetic fuels. In fact, from the European Union have affirmed that this option will be studied and the possibility that vehicles sold in Europe can adopt this solution beyond the year 2035 will be explored.
The Minister for the Energy Transition of France, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, stressed that this legislation on the elimination of vehicle emissions is determined by the “Possibility of registering combustion vehicles if and only if their emissions are zero”. The vice-president of the European Commission for the Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, added to this statement by the French minister that zero-emission synthetic fuels “until now do not appear very realistic because they seem prohibitive in terms of costs for manufacturers”although if these manage to be commercially viable, the Commission “will have an open mind”.
The new measures agreed upon a few hours ago have also been fully involved with plug-in hybrid mechanical vehicles. The estimates of the Council of the European Union set specific percentages for reducing emissions in the coming years where a decrease of 15 percent was stipulated in 2025, followed by 55 percent in 2030 and, finally, a complete nullity in 2035. Plug-in hybrids are also framed in these terms as they have a thermal block that emits CO2.
Regarding these, the European Commission has affirmed that in 2026 it will examine and review the progress made on these vehicles and whether the objectives set are being met by the European government. Frans Timmermans added that “many manufacturers maintain that plug-in hybrids will be able to reach the levels stipulated for that date, although, for now, they do not.” On account of this, the European Union already established a few weeks ago that the way of calculating the harmful emissions produced by plug-in hybrids will be considerably modified because many of their owners end up circulating with these vehicles without using their electrical part, which translates directly into thermal cars to use.