The European Union (EU) intends, in 2035, to ban the sale of thermal vehicles, following the efforts that have been taken to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. However, France is opposed to plans to electrify mobility.
The decision comes after the President, Emmanuel Macron, met with the executives of Renault and Stellantis.
The European Commission, one of the EU bodies, wants to demand that the average emissions produced by car manufacturers be reduced by 60% by 2030 and by 100% by 2035. Taking this measure into account, it is assumed that , in 2035, thermal vehicles will not be allowed.
However, the French government is opposed to these plans and proposes that the first reduction should be in the order of 55%. In turn, a total ban should only be required at the end of the decade, giving plug-in hybrids a useful lifespan.
We know there will be no choice but to switch to electric vehicles. The important thing is that we prepare ourselves in advance.
The representative of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor explained (in French, CFDT), Jean-Marie Robert.
In fact, according to La Plateforme Automobile, responding to the transition will require an investment of more than 17 billion euros. This value in batteries, charging infrastructure and hydrogen, until mid-decade.
Will France just be the first opponent of the EU?
The French decision follows a meeting between President Macron and executives from Renault and the Stellantis group. In addition to being two manufacturers based in France, Citroën and Peugeot are also worker representatives to address the transition of the national industry to electric vehicles.
This objection to the measures, on the part of France, could only be the beginning of a possible battle taking place in the EU, motivated by the new measures imposed. After all, it is estimated that the elimination of thermal engines will compromise 100,000 jobs in France, as well as promoting the closure of some factories.
Source: Pplware by pplware.sapo.pt.
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