one more step towards banning thermal cars

In recent months, you have probably noticed that manufacturers have announced in their strategic plans a deadline for stopping the marketing of thermal models. For example, in 2027, Alfa Romeo and Fiat will be 100% electric, Opel will become so in 2028, while Ford, Renault and Volvo will be two years later, in 2030.

This strategy anticipates the policy pursued by the legislator, particularly in Europe, aimed at achieving zero-emission road mobility by 2035. To this end, the MEPs of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted a report supporting the Commission’s proposal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.

As a reminder, in July 2021 the European Commission presented a bill aimed at banning the sale of thermal and hybrid vehicles within the EU itself. The vote of the deputies had been close, with 46 votes for, 40 against and 2 abstentions.

For the moment, this law has not yet been enacted, but all the signs show that it should be. A plenary session of Parliament will be held in June and should confirm this text, which will then be presented to EU Member States.

Thus, if this law is adopted, manufacturers will no longer be able to sell new thermal or hybrid cars by 2035. On the scale of the automotive industry, this is a rapid and still unprecedented transition, and certain major automotive groups, although they are not necessarily refractory to electric, think that this change is happening a little too quickly.

Luca de Meo, the boss of Renault, even judged in a recent interview that this could “damage the environment”in particular with the multiplication of the production of batteries to power electric cars.

Others, like Carlos Tavares, the boss of Stellantis, think that it will penalize less well-off households, with ever more expensive cars. Europe, for its part, ensures that the prices of electricity will fall with the democratization of technology, the amortization of investments and the multiplication of production volumes. Again, Carlos Tavares has some reservations about production, the latter believing that there could be a battery shortage by 2025-2026.

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