the obligation from 2035 in Europe is advancing

The electric car will she become obligatory ? This could become a reality as early as 2035. Indeed, the European Union (EU) project toban the sale of new thermal cars materializes: the Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted in favor of this directive.

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee votes to ban internal combustion cars

To reduce its carbon footprint, the EU has several means, including in particular that of banning the sale of new thermal cars, and this from 2035. Thus, the deputies of the CCommittee for the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety voted 46 to 40 (with two abstentions) in favor of the report supporting the European Commission’s proposal to achieve clean road mobility by 2035.

As a reminder, in July 2021, the Commission published a legislative proposal aimed at banning the sale of internal combustion vehicles within the EU, including hybrid models.

The last step to validate this decision is a plenary session of the European Parliament. The latter will be held during the month of June. Subsequently, the law will be presented to EU member states.


Automakers are preparing for this change for 2035

This transition will therefore be very prompt if acted upon. But faced with this deadline, the Car manufacturers are already preparing for all-electric. Indeed, several manufacturers have started to develop their electric range. Some have even already announced that they will no longer develop thermal vehicles.

Volvo, for example, has announced that it only wants to sell electric vehicles by 2030. The same is true for Ford and Renault. Opel even wants to get there in 2028, Alfa Romeo and Fiat in 2027. Similarly, some brands are entirely dedicated to electric cars: Tesla, Aiways, Byd, Nio or even Ioniq, Hyundai’s 100% electric brand.

A mixed reception

Nevertheless, some wanted the final text of the law to be relaxed, in particular to leave room for hybrids for at least a while longer. Moreover, they point to a social risk: with the rising price of cars, particularly due to electric cars, many consumers could be excluded from the new market. Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis argued in this sense as well as Luca de Meo, CEO of the Renault groupwho would like a delay for Dacia.

For Europe, this problem will be solved by technical progress, concerning among other things electric batteries, as well as the rise in production volumes. These elements would allow prices to fall rapidly. “This progress is particularly important in view of the continued rise in diesel and oil prices. This regulation guarantees access to sustainable driving for everyone”, explains Jan Huitema, rapporteur for the law.

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