Cars with 100% electric motors from 2035 in the Member States

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The 27 member states of the European Union approved, on Tuesday night to Wednesday, the Commission’s project to reduce CO2 emissions to zero for new cars in Europe starting in 2035, imposing 100% electric motors, writes AFP, quoted by News. ro.

This proposal, announced by the European executive in July 2021, will mean a de facto halt of petrol and diesel vehicles in the EU from 2035. The measure must help achieve the continent’s climate goals, in particular carbon neutrality by 2050.

At the request of several countries, including Germany and Italy, the 27 agreed, however, to consider a possible green light in the future for alternative technologies, such as synthetic fuels or rechargeable hybrid engines, if they make it possible to achieve the goal of complete elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

EU Environment Ministers meeting in Luxembourg also approved a five-year extension of the CO2 exemption granted to “niche” producers or those producing less than 10,000 vehicles per year until the end of 2035 This clause, sometimes called the “Ferrari amendment”, is aimed in particular at luxury brands.

These measures must now be negotiated with MEPs. “This is a big challenge for our car industry,” said French Ecological Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who chaired Tuesday’s meeting. But she said it was a “necessity” in the face of competition from China and the United States, which have bet heavily on electric vehicles seen as the future of the industry. These decisions will “allow for a planned and accompanied transition,” the minister added.