The vice president of ecological policy of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, points out that Brussels will impose a deadline to eliminate the combustion engine and everything indicates that it will be in 2035 . In addition, automakers will have to pay a pollution charge as part of a European plan to end the carbon business.
With these measures, Brussels seeks to stimulate the adoption of the electric car. To this end, the European Union is preparing a multiple strategy to reduce the cost of these vehicles, making the cleanest cars “accessible to all Europeans” , as Timmermans assures the Financial Times.
In this way, the Commission would be preparing a series of measures, which could be presented this month, to ensure that the objective of reducing average carbon emissions by 55% by 2030 , compared to 1990 levels, is met.
Measures against CO2 will be tightened
Among these measures would appear the tightening of the CO2 emission limits of the new models sold over the next few years, in addition to a proposal for manufacturers to pay for pollution based on the parameters established by the European Union.
“It is not enough to set a deadline. We have to tell the manufacturers that we will come with stricter emission standards,” says Timmermans. In fact, according to Financial Times sources, Brussels is considering a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions from cars by 2035; which makes this date the time when gasoline and diesel cars could be stopped . So much so, that Volkswagen already announced last week that its goal would be to stop the production of these models in Europe before that year.
All these measures aim to make the European Union the first major region to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 . “The automotive industry has really embraced the idea of the need to decarbonize the sector. There is always going to be a discussion about at what rate, but I think they have understood that this is the way forward,” concluded the vice president of ecological policy of the European Commission.