Europe confirms petrol, diesel ban for 2035 – EV future

Europe confirms petrol, diesel ban for 2035 – EV future

The European Union (EU) has reached a deal for the effective banning of combustion-engined cars and vans from 2035, Automotive News Europe reports, with the agreement of the EU’s three key institutions, the executive arm, the parliament and its member states.

This is through its co-legislators’ agreement on the “Fit for 55” proposal that will see a 55% reduction in the CO2 emissions target for new cars and by 50% for new vans by 2030 compared to 2021 levels, followed by a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions for new cars and vans by 2035, according to the European Council for the European Union.

This decision means that new cars and vans with petrol and diesel-powered engines will not be registered for road use in Europe from 2035, which will speed up the industry’s switch to fully electric vehicles, advancing the proposal by the European Union since it came to light in the middle of last year.

Exceptions are place for the ruling, and the council and parliament have agreed that niche manufacturers such as Lamborghini “which produce a small number of vehicles” will be granted a one-year reprieve on the ICE ban, Automotive News Europe wrote.

Europe confirms petrol, diesel ban for 2035 – EV future

Also part of the final deal is a non-binding element favoured by member states, which called on the commission to propose registering vehicles running exclusively on carbon-neutral fuels after 2035, the report added.

“We are now keen to see the framework conditions which are essential to meet this target reflected in EU policies. These include an abundance of renewable energy, a seamless private and public charging infrastructure network, and access to raw materials,” said BMW CEO Oliver Zipse, who is also president of European automaker lobby group ACEA.

Zipse, as BMW CEO has warned against becoming too dependent on EVs in certain markets, and said last year that the German marque plans to continue the development of internal combustion engines “because demand will remain robust for many years to come”.

The “Fit for 55” regulation that essentially outlaws combustion engine-powered vehicles for road use will be the first to be approved as part of the EU’s green plans, and other policies include a major overhaul of the European bloc’s carbon market, along with measures to drive renewable energy.

Europe confirms petrol, diesel ban for 2035 – EV future

“The days of the carbon-spewing, pollution-belching combustion engine are finally numbered. It’s [been] 125 years since Rudolf Diesel revolutionised engine efficiency, but lawmakers have decided the next chapter will be written by the cleaner, better electric vehicle. For the planet and human health, that can’t come fast enough,” said senior director for vehicles and e-mobility at environmental lobby group Transport & Environment (T&E), Julia Poliscanova.

On the other hand, there may be unintended consequences. “With [this] agreement, a ‘Havana effect’ is becoming more realistic. After 2035, our streets might become full of vintage cars, because new cars are not available or affordable. [This] deal slammed shut the door to new technological developments and put all the eggs in one basket. This is a mistake,” said conservative European People’s Party lawmaker Jens Gieseke.

The other basket, so to speak, includes alternatives such as synthetic fuels; Porsche announced its research on synthetic fuels towards the end of 2020, and earlier this year announced its investing of US$75 million (RM316.1 million) in carbon-neutral fuels.

The German sports car maker already uses bio-based fuel for its one-make racing series, and plans to deploy wider use of the fuels at its Experience Centres. These synthetic fuels generally require no modifications to existing petrol combustion engines, save for the use of additives to be compatible with sealants and other rubber parts in the vehicles’ fuel lines.

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Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • Ada aku kisah on Nov 02, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Guys, just remember, these are the same bunch of leftist pencil-pushers who signed deals for grand gas pipelines from their once sworn enemy, the same people who thought migrants from incompatible cultures would eventually assimilate, the same people who parroted clean diesel as the next big thing, the same people who still preach about carbon neutrality whilst also exporting most of their garbage and e-waste to the third world, etc. etc.

    Politicians will be politicians.

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    • Civic Turbo 2018 on Nov 04, 2022 at 9:05 am

      DBKL pledged 70% carbon emission-cut by 2030

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  • Made In China on Nov 02, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Whatever. They still used fossil fuels to powered their power stations.

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    • Mike Tee on Nov 02, 2022 at 2:52 pm

      Fossil fuel accounts for <50% of EU production and is on a downward trend

      "Fossil fuels still accounted for 37% of EU electricity production in 2021, down from 39% in 2019, while renewables generated 37% and nuclear 26%"

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    • Jeremy on Nov 02, 2022 at 5:40 pm

      What do you expect when they ditched clean nuclear power just coz Greta Thumberg made a big fuss about it?

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  • RyanT on Nov 02, 2022 at 1:24 pm

    Why not next year? So not need to buy from Russia indirectly…losers…haaa

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  • seancorr on Nov 02, 2022 at 2:19 pm

    Haha these white knights from the EU are a bunch of clowns. Good luck in trying to make the world a better place.

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  • Unikorn on Nov 02, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    We will be seeing mass migrations from the EU to Asia.

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  • u do that in malaysia..our jaguh kampung gonna swamp u up with gasoline myvi

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