Europe wants only electric cars to be sold from 2035


The project is already presented. No more gasoline or diesel engines will be sold. The electrification plan for the automotive fleet in Europe does not stop, quite the opposite. Last week the European Commission proposed that from 2035 no more vehicles with gasoline or diesel engines be sold, that is, that there are only electric models in dealerships.

The package of measures has already been presented and will be debated. The ultimate goal is for Europe to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

The norm does not contemplate the explicit prohibition of traditional mechanics but establishes pollution limits so low that they can literally only be achieved with electric or hydrogen vehicles (which also use an electric motor).

According to the official plan, automakers must reduce CO2 emissions from their cars and commercials by 55% by 2030 relative to 2021 levels, and zero emissions by 2035.

According to estimates, the 55% reduction would be equivalent to an average consumption of fewer than 2 liters per 100 kilometers, that is, something impossible to achieve without total or almost total electrification. On the other hand, the investment to get a combustion engine to emit is so high that it does not make sense for automakers.

The norm also establishes that member states must guarantee access to chargers every 60 km on the routes, as a way to incentivize and make the use of the electric car really possible. At least on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), the main highways of the continent.

Charging points should have a total power of 300 kW in 2025 and be 600 kW by 2030. In the case of trucks, the charging network should have a power of 1,400 kW in 2025 and 3,500 kW in 2030.

In the case of hydrogen vehicles (such as the Toyota Mirai), the supply points must be every 150 km by 2030, always speaking of the main communication arteries of the continent.

The proposal surprised with the deadlines, a point on which the automakers tend to object because of the cost of adaptation. But there is still a long way to go. Now we must wait for the negotiation with the 27 member states and with the European Parliament. Then, it remains to see the national regulations and laws of each member country.

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