The EU will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars to the market from 2035

With 339 votes in favor and 249 against, the European Parliament agreed to ban the sale of cars and vans powered by internal combustion engines (petrol or diesel) by 2035.

The results of the vote represent a new step forward for the region in its efforts to advance the fight against climate change by encouraging the universalization of electric vehicles.

By 2030, the EU’s target is to reduce emissions by 50% for small trucks and 55% for cars. The European Commission previously said cars and small trucks account for 12% and 2.5% of the EU’s CO2 emissions, respectively. Now members of the European Parliament will have to negotiate this plan with 27 member states in the region.

Banning the use of petrol and diesel vehicles will promote the development of electric vehicles

Meanwhile, the UK wants to stop selling cars with internal combustion engines by 2030. From 2035, it requires all cars and small vans to be zero-emissions into the environment. The UK left the EU on January 31, 2020.

Member of the European Parliament Jan Huitema welcomed the results. “I am pleased that the European Parliament supports setting ambitious targets for 2030 and supports the goal of 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2035. This is the key to moving towards carbon neutrality by 2035. 2050,” he said.

Alex Keynes, director of the alliance’s clean car division, said the ban gives the auto industry policy certainty to boost production of electric models, helping to reduce their prices.

But the VDA, which lobbies for Germany’s auto industry, criticized the vote and said the European Parliament had failed to consider the lack of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure in Europe.

The VDA also criticized the vote as “a decision against innovation and technology”, referring to European lawmakers’ rejection of a demand from the auto industry to allow cars to run on synthetic materials. (made from CO .)2 captured from the atmosphere and hydrogen produced from renewable sources), are exempt from the ban on the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles.

According to economic experts, the ban on all petrol and diesel cars from 2035 will force European car manufacturers to make revolutions in the field of electric car manufacturing. These are major changes in the economic models of countries, because the European auto industry employs tens of millions of workers directly and indirectly in countries, along with thousands of sub-industries. aid.

However, many experts also believe that this decision of the European Parliament is not surprising because the trend of using electric vehicles has grown very strongly in Europe in the past few years. Only in the first 5 months of 2022, there were over 365 thousand electric cars registered in Western European countries, accounting for 8% of the total number of cars in circulation and equivalent to the sales of the whole of 2019.

Governments of EU member states will need to make their decision on the ban in the coming weeks or months before a final deal is approved. If ratified by EU member states, the 2035 deadline to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars will be especially difficult for German carmakers, which have a predominance of powerful vehicles and expensive internal combustion engine, while lagging behind foreign competitors in the field of electric vehicles.

Bao Linh (th)


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