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Climate: EU Commission wants to end combustion engines by 2035

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In a move that was long-awaited by some but feared by others, the European Commission (EC) on Wednesday (July 14th) presented an extensive catalog of measures with “Fit for 55” that focuses on how the EU’s climate target of at least 55% fewer emissions by 2030 (in comparison to 1990) can be achieved.

Countries need to expand their charging infrastructure network

From 2030 on, the average annual emissions from new vehicles should drop by 55% compared to 2021. By 2035, the annual emissions from new cars should be reduced by 100%. There would be massive changes for vehicle manufacturers as well and this measure would make the internal combustion engine finally obsolete in the EU from 2035.

Of course, this also requires a significantly greater expansion of the charging infrastructure in member states. The EC is aware of this. According to the requirements of the EU, member states should make sure they have stations for charging electric vehicles every 60 km along the major roads and every 150 km for refueling with hydrogen.

In the run-up to today’s announcement, some large corporations have already announced the end of combustion engines for their brands in the EU. It remains to be seen whether these plans will stay in place. Every two years, manufacturers will undergo inspections to see if they can keep the established deadlines and requirements. The entire catalog of measures still needs the approval of the EU countries and the EU Parliament.

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