EU votes in favor to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035

On June 8, European Parliament lawmakers voted to support a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 in the EU.

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The vote supports the proposal to effectively ban all fossil fuel-powered vehicles by requiring new cars in 2035 to have a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The ban would also effectively ban hybrid vehicles in the EU to be sold in and after 2035. 

However, the law has not been finalized yet but signals support for the position to enact the proposal which would need to be negotiated with EU nations before being finalized into law.

Currently, cars account for approximately 10-12% of the EU’s emissions of greenhouse gases.

Opponents of the 100% CO2 emissions proposal who are backing a 90% emissions reduction proposal to ensure other vehicles like hybrids stay on the market like Jens Gieseke, the German conservative MEP, argue that it does not make sense to force automakers to only produce electric vehicles when the electricity consumers would use to charge the car batteries comes from fossil fuels. 

Gieseke says that the EU should “not put all our eggs in one basket when setting new rules for clean cars,”.

Adding that “We have to deliver on emission reductions while ensuring that the economy can manage the social transition.”

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