Burner shutdown: It should stop from 2035 – the European Parliament votes in favor of a ban

Excluded for gasoline and diesel
It should end by 2035: the European Parliament votes to ban internal combustion engines

Car exhaust fumes: The European Parliament wants to ban new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035.

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The European Parliament announces the end of the internal combustion engine. From 2035, you should only sell new cars that no longer emit harmful greenhouse gases. The decision is currently being discussed with EU countries.

In the fight for greater climate protection, the European Parliament wants to ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2035. Most MEPs voted in Strasbourg on Wednesday that, from the middle of the next decade, manufacturers will only be able to market cars and vans that do not emit any greenhouse gases that are harmful to the climate. Before such a regulation comes into force, Parliament still has to negotiate with EU countries.

At the end of the month, EU countries want to define their position on the ban on the sale of gasoline and diesel cars. After that, both EU institutions have yet to find a compromise for it to enter into force.

Mercedes and Ford for the recall year 2035

Germany has already committed to exit in 2035. Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (the Greens) said in March in Brussels on behalf of the federal government that the goal of ending the use of internal combustion engines in passenger cars and vans by 2035 is supported. At the world climate conference in Glasgow in November, several major car manufacturers, including Mercedes and Ford, called for a ban on the sale of internal combustion engines in leading markets from 2035.

After the vote, German Green MEP Michael Bloss said Wednesday: “We have decided for the future of Europe as an automotive location.” In the future, the best electric cars and the newest batteries would come from Europe.

The CDU criticizes synthetic fuels for cars

MEPs also said that one cannot count on climate-friendly synthetic fuels. Thanks to them, the classic internal combustion engine can be operated in a climate-neutral manner. However, critics fear that there are already too few of them for aviation and shipping, which are less easy to handle electrically than passenger cars or vans.

Criticism came from the CDU. “Unfortunately, the Greens, Liberals and Social Democrats prefer to put everything on the Electric Mobility Charter,” said CDU MEP Jens Gieseke. As he himself says, he is concerned about Europe’s competitiveness and numerous jobs. But he admitted: “A ban on combustion engines in 2035 will probably no longer be avoidable.”

The bill is part of the EU climate package “Fit for 55”, which aims to reduce harmful emissions by 55%. by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and achieving climate neutrality by 2050


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