The decision of the EU Parliament to vote in favor of a ban on the sale of new vehicles powered by internal combustion engines starting in 2035 scares the automotive sector. Not everything, let’s be clear, but a good part: the car manufacturers who have taken sides against the mono-technological approach ordered by Brussels are not few, and even some national governments are starting to openly take a stand against this decision. Five in particular: Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romaniaall convinced that the deadline set by the EU should be delayed by at least 5 years.
In a document circulated among the EU states, these five countries would have asked for a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions from cars by 2035 and the achievement of the 100% target by 2040. Different speech for the segment of commercial vehicles, which according to these same five states should achieve an 80% reduction of CO2 by 2035 and 100% by 2040, rather than zero emissions by 2035 as proposed by the EU Commission. At the heart of the request for an extension of the deadline advanced by these five countries, there would be a priority that, according to them, should be addressed immediately: the expansion of the charging infrastructure network. And from this point of view, the latest figures released by Acea speak for themselves: the disparity of electricity columns in Europe is evident, so much so that the Netherlands and Germany manage about half of all European “sockets”, while occupying only the 10% of the entire surface of the continent. To ensure that the spread of charging stations keeps pace with that of electric cars, a quota of 6.8 million public recharging points would be needed by the end of the decade, a number which is objectively difficult to reach.
According to a Bulgarian official quoted by Autonews, climate policies in the automotive field must consider important economic and social factors, such as Significant differences that exist in the purchasing power between the different EU countries. But why does the EU insist on 2035 and do not intend to postpone this deadline by even one day? Brussels considers this date crucial because the average lifespan of new cars is 15 yearstherefore imposing a ban of this type at a later time would prevent the Old Continent from eliminating net CO2 emissions by 2050. We will finally see who will win: the supporters of 2035 or those who want to delay this deadline at all costs ?
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