EU: End of sale of diesel or petrol vehicles after 2035

Deepak Gupta June 29, 2022
Updated 2022/06/29 at 9:14 PM

Relatively recently, rumors began to surface regarding the ban on the sale of diesel or petrol vehicles in Europe. Some Associations, such as Zero, defend such a position and this will indeed happen.

The 27 member states of the European Union (EU) approved last Tuesday night a plan that prevents the sale of new diesel or gasoline-powered vehicles from 2035.

Goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles

The measure aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new cars to zero by 2035.

At the request of some countries, including Germany and Italy, the EU nevertheless agreed to consider giving the 'green light' in the future to alternative technologies, such as synthetic fuels or 'plug-in' hybrids, if they are able to achieve the objective of completely eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

The date of 2035, although not yet official, is in line with the one recommended by the European Parliament and the European Commission, with whom countries will have to negotiate the final rules.

EU: End of sale of diesel or petrol vehicles after 2035

Zero's environmentalists have already come to welcome such a decision to end the sale of combustion vehicles in 2035, but warn that the eventual use of synthetic fuels is "a diversion" that should be avoided.

The association calls for a "rapid transformation of the Portuguese car industry in order to urgently start producing electric vehicles and forget about the huge and heavy plug-in hybrid cars, still fueled by inadequate taxation in our country".

"The environment associations, including the European Transport and Environment Federation of which Zero is a part, are now asking MEPs not to give any possibility to promote synthetic fuels, which are also more expensive and imply a much less efficient use of renewable electricity. than direct electrification, and should be directed to other modes of transport such as aviation", says the zero association.

The date of 2035, although not yet official, is in line with the one recommended by the European Parliament and the European Commission, with whom countries will have to negotiate the final rules.

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