European car sector accepts ban on sales of cars that are not CO2 neutral from 2035

From 2035, no car sales that are not CO2 neutral

European car manufacturers have decided not to oppose European initiatives to impose a sales ban on vehicles with combustion engines. The year 2035 is set as the deadline.

“Starting from 2035, the European Union will enforce a comprehensive ban on the sale of combustion engine vehicles. This decision has been unequivocally reaffirmed multiple times, despite recent concerns about the stability of its foundation. Predominantly, German and Italian automakers have voiced their discontent, arguing that the market won’t be adequately prepared for such a significant transition by 2035. They are also frustrated by the obligation to invest billions in making combustion engines more environmentally friendly, only to have them ultimately prohibited. They emphasize that the choice for ‘fully electric’ should be driven by consumers, not mandated by the government.” EV-Range

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“These are significant objections from key economic players in their respective countries. However, automotive manufacturers will not further resist the European guidelines, according to a report from Automotive News. Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault and Chairman of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), is reported to have stated: ‘We do not contest the year 2035. It is time to get to work!'”

Luca de Meo views the year 2035 as “potentially achievable,” but notes that this depends on creating the right conditions. Whether these conditions will be realized remains to be seen.

Source: Autoweek NL

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