Cars with internal combustion engines will be banned in 2035

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It was a decision expected by many, and obviously dreaded by a very large number, including manufacturers: the ban on the sale of thermal cars in Europe from 2035.

Which cars are affected by the 2035 ban?

Speaking of thermal cars, we think of diesel and gasoline cars. But the restriction is broader: no car will have to emit one gram of Co2 in 2035. This also eradicates all hybrid cars from the catalogues, including rechargeable ones. From 2035, all new cars sold in Europe will therefore have to be electric. Cars using biofuels are also concerned: this will therefore be the case for E85 models.

The future of diesel cars by 2035

With the ZFEs, diesel cars will probably have almost disappeared from new car sales by 2030. Their decline is continuous, in 2022 they are already on the way to being overtaken by electric cars (on the French market). Indeed, in ZFEs, vehicles are gradually excluded from city centers according to their Crit’Air category. And let’s remember: no diesel car is classified Crit’Air 1. If you buy a new diesel car in 2022, despite its very reasonable level of pollution, it will be classified Crit’Air 2 and therefore less well than a car essence. used Euro 5 or Euro 6 registered after January 1, 2011…

Before placing an order for a new diesel car, it is therefore necessary to think carefully about what will happen when this car is banned in large cities but also in medium-sized cities in France. Read: Should you still buy a new petrol or diesel car in 2022?

The future of gasoline cars by 2035

Even if they are still the most sold currently in France, gasoline cars will logically see their share decrease in favor of hybrid and electric models. In 2025, the arrival of the Euro 7 standards should change the situation and lead to the disappearance of certain engines. These stricter standards will now also concern braking particles: electric cars will therefore also have to meet them, even if they are preferred.

There is no medium-term risk in the purchase of a new car, gasoline cars being Crit’Air 1 and not being targeted by the ZFE. The only problem is of course their highest fuel consumption of the engines available. And due to the rise in fuel prices, this should contribute to their fall in the years to come.

The future of hybrid cars by 2035

Due to the rise in fuel prices and the hunt for diesel, but also the objectives of reducing CO2 emissions, everything contributes to the development of hybrid cars in the short and medium term. These should therefore soon exceed sales of petrol cars…

Plug-in hybrids, however, should evolve in the coming years. Because the certification cycle which is currently very favorable to them will change, at the latest in 2025. Europe wants their level of emissions to be closer to reality, following the numerous studies which have pointed the finger at them.

Until now, many plug-in hybrid models were content with an electric motor of limited power, to which was associated a generous heat engine. This trend should be reversed, with more powerful electric motors and more reasonable combustion engines! Like the plug-in hybrid engines of the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

If you want to buy a non-rechargeable hybrid car, choose a Full Hybrid car that really limits its consumption. Its models can drive a few kilometers in electric, which is not possible for a light hybrid car.

Regarding plug-in hybrid cars, they are now gaining interest with electric ranges that can reach or exceed 100 km. Main obstacle: their high purchase price in new condition. Good deals are possible on occasion, but with ranges of less than 40 km.

Read: Should you buy a plug-in hybrid car in 2022?


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