If adopted, the legislation would require a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions from new vehicles by 2030 compared to current levels. In its current form, the EU is currently demanding only a 37.5% cut by 2030 – which is weaker than even the US target. By 2035, however, the EU is proposing a 100% cut that will effectively ban new petrol and even hybrid cars.
An effective ban would be an effective tool for cleaning up air pollution, as passenger cars account for around 12% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions. It would also be a big boost for electric vehicles, and the companies that have committed the most money to developing them, such as Volkswagen, which says they want half of all vehicles sold in 2030 be fully electronic.
To support the shift to electricity, the EU announced on Wednesday in a proposal that it wants member states to install public charging stations up to 60 kilometers from main roads by 2025. The EU is finally expecting 3.5 million new charging stations by 2025. 2030 and 16.3 million by 2050.
The proposal, developed by the EU executive, must be approved by a group of 27 countries. Some countries have already reported similarly aggressive targets, and a a handful of car manufacturers have drawn up a roadmap for the decommissioning of new gas-powered vehicles on the mainland as well. But there may be resistance. France, for example, is currently aiming to phase out internal combustion by 2040 and is Looking for more wiggle space hybrids.
Outside the EU, the United Kingdom has announced plans to ban new internal combustion engines by 2030, while California is want to do the same by 2035. However, EU regulations are particularly important because many of the world’s largest carmakers live there.
At the U.S. federal level, President Joe Biden has begun to dismantle Trump-era decisions to lower vehicle emissions standards. In April, he moved to restore California power to set its own standards, and later this year his administration is expected to settle the average fuel economy standard is 51 miles per gallon by 2026.