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EU pushes EV adoption, plans to ban sales of new cars that produce carbon emissions starting in 2035

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The European Union proposed plans to end gasoline and diesel car sales within 20 years and accelerate the switch to electric vehicles to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. As a part of this plan, sales of new cars and vans that produce carbon emissions would be banned as of 2035. 

This announcement came as the EU released a package of climate and energy laws, aiming to reduce the union’s greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, and set a path for achieving net-zero by 2050. With this deal, the group aims to push up the number of charging every 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) and fueling points every 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) along major highways. In addition, incentives for zero and low-emission vehicles will be phased out in 2030 as clean vehicles will no longer be competing with gasoline and diesel engines, removing the need for government support.

Other initiatives in this plan include:

  • Proposing stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans to accelerate zero-emission mobility
  • Setting limits on greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships at European ports
  • Planting three billion trees across Europe by 2030
  • Determining an overall EU target for carbon removals
  • Producing a report every two years to introduce new measures and make sure progress is being made, with a full review carried out in 2028 

Although full electrification seems ambitious, major car manufacturers have been making significant changes to be greener, especially in the past year: 

In regards to consumer concerns about the price of electric vehicles compared to their fossil fuel cars, EU officials stated that the upfront price of electric cars is expected to fall in the coming years, and predicted the total cost of ownership would dip below that of gas-powered vehicles as soon as 2027. 

Other countries in different regions with phase-out targets include Israel (targeting 2030), Canada (targeting 2035), Singapore, and Costa Rica (2050). In the United States, California and Massachusetts have set targets for 2035.

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