European lawmakers have pushed the 27 member states of the European Union to agree to a plan that would effectively ban the sale of gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035.
They reached agreement to agree to the Commission’s revised reduction targets for passenger cars and light vehicles CO2 emissions.
The commission’s proposal, which European lawmakers voted in favor of in June, aims to reduce emissions from new vehicles in those categories by 100 percent within 13 years.
This wouldn’t be possible without stopping the sale of gas-powered cars and selling only zero-emissions models, according to the website Engadget.
European Parliament chief negotiator Jan Hetema said:
“Zero-emission cars will become cheaper to demand and drive cheaper for consumers. I am pleased that today we reached agreement with the Council on an ambitious review of the 2030 targets and supported a 100% target for 2035. This is critical to achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and making clean driving affordable.”
Under the agreement, new cars from 2030 must also comply with a 55 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to 2021 levels.
Trucks must comply with the 50 percent reduction. In addition, the agreement stipulates that existing EU funding must be spent on the transition to zero-emission vehicles and related technologies in the future.
The commission also pledges to publish a report every two years detailing the region’s progress toward zero-emissions mobility starting in 2025..
The agreement has yet to be approved by the European Parliament and the European Council before it becomes official, and changes can be made before that.
According to Reuters, the European Union plans to draft a proposal on how to sell CO2-neutral cars after 2035.
However, automakers have been preparing to switch to zero-emissions vehicles for some time, as governments around the world adopt laws to combat climate change.
The list of automakers pledging to transition to all-electric vehicles in the coming years continues to grow, with Ford announcing last year that its consumer cars will be fully electric by 2030, while General Motors aims to eliminate emissions from all its light vehicles. new vehicles” by 2035.