Official: EU proposes to stop combustion in 14 years – wants chargers every six miles

The previous information was correct: the European Commission wants emissions from new car sales to be more than halved by 2030, to then be equal to zero by 2035. The proposals already meet opposition from the car industry.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during Wednesday’s presentation of the Commission’s climate package.

Now it’s finished, As expected, the EU’s executive body has presented its climate package “In the form of 55” (“Fit for 55”, in English) with 13 bills aimed to reduce the Union’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 by 55 percent compared to 1990 levels – an intermediate goal on the way to the year 2050 when they should be equal to zero.

– Europe is the first continent to present a coherent architecture for how we should fulfill our climate ambitions. We have the goals and now we present the map of how to get there, says European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The comprehensive The climate package has already met with opposition from the car industry and countries such as Germany and France. One of the proposals would in practice mean a total ban on the sale of new combustion vehicles – including plug-in hybrids – by 2035. According to the proposal, the exhaust emissions from new sales will then be equal to zero.

As a sub-target, emissions from all new cars sold in the EU by 2030 should be 55 percent compared to 2021. Oliver Zipse, head of the European car industry lobby group ACEA and CEO of BMW, was quick to make counterclaims.

– The proposed The 55% reduction in CO2 emissions for cars by 2030 will be very challenging and it really requires a correspondingly binding target for Member States to expand the necessary charging and refueling infrastructure, says Oliver Zipse in a press release.

At the same time, most of the car manufacturers by now have already announced that they will completely switch their sales to electric cars in the 2030s, including Volvo, which promised to be by 2030. Ursula von der Leyen said earlier this week in an interview with German Süddeutsche Zeitung that the Commission nevertheless wants to set a fixed date for all new cars to be emission-free.

– Otherwise occurs uncertainty, and then we will not reach our goal of climate neutrality by the year 2050, she told the newspaper.

Requires more charging stations and hydrogen gas stations

European Commission also demands in the climate package that the member states expand the charging and hydrogen infrastructure in order to keep pace with the increased sales of electric and hydrogen vehicles. Along Europe’s major motorways, they want a charging station every six miles and a hydrogen gas station every fifteen miles – in both directions – until 2030.

These charging stations must have a capacity of at least 600 kW in each direction (a total of 1.2 MW), including at least two 150 kW fast chargers per direction.

The environmental lobby is positive, but not Greta

The influential The green think tank Transport & Environment in Brussels, which previously advocated a 2035 ban on incinerators, is very positive about the climate package.

– This is a turning point for the car industry and good news for motorists. The new EU rules will democratize electric cars and give a boost to charging, which means that clean cars will soon be available and easy to use for millions of Europeans, says T&E chief William Todts in a statement.

Others within however, the larger environmental movement was not as positive about the climate package’s proposal. Composing climate activist Greta Thunberg says P3 News that it is a “convenient solution” to say that the EU should be fossil-free.

– Then we can just replace one fuel with another and continue to burn instead of switching to actual sustainable energy sources, she says.

The original The proposals in the climate package were also tougher, notes Greenpeace Sweden’s campaign manager Carl Schlyter to TT. Among other things, internal combustion engines would be considered unsustainable as early as 2025.

– The original proposals that existed were much tougher and were closer to science, he says to the news agency.

Hope the proposals are adopted by the member states.

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