EC Formally Bans Sale of Gas, Diesel Car from 2035

Guwahati: The European Parliament has approved a rule that forbids the sale of new gas and diesel cars in the European Union in an effort to hasten the transition to electric vehicles. This will become effective in 2035.

The new regulation sets the door for new passenger automobiles and light commercial vehicles to have zero carbon emissions by 2035.

A technique to evaluate and disclose data on carbon emissions over the course of a car or van’s entire life cycle will be presented by the commission to markets in the European Union.

Jan Huitema, a member of the European Parliament said, “The operating costs of an electric vehicle are already lower than the operating costs of a vehicle with an internal combustion engine.”

He further stated that it is critical to offer consumers more cheap electric automobiles.

The new regulations also pave the path for more urgent carbon reductions targets with a total of 340 votes in favour, 279 against, and 21 abstentions. Emissions from new automobiles and vans sold after 2030 must be reduced by 55 percent and 50 percent, respectively, from levels in 2021. The prior 2030 emissions goal for newly sold cars was 37.5%.

Negotiators from EU member states, the European Parliament, and the European Commission first agreed on the bill in October of last year. Thus, Tuesday’s ratification is simply a preliminary step before the law receives an official seal and the rules start to apply. This is anticipated to take place in March.

Many automakers have already started to get ready for this change. Volkswagen announced last year that by the year 2033, the firm will only manufacture EVs in Europe. Audi also announced that it would stop making gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2033.

However, a few automakers, business leaders, and nations have voiced their opposition to the EU since the regulation was first proposed in July 2021. In order to offer more inexpensive vehicles to EV purchasers, Renault, for instance, stated in 2021 that it would seek an extension to the proposed plan to stop sales of internal combustion engine vehicles in the EU by 2035.

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