The European Parliament on Tuesday gave final approval to the mandatory implementation of zero emission rates for new cars and vans from 2035, meaning that in 12 years no new petrol and diesel cars will be sold.
The new CO2 emission standards for cars and vans are part of the "Ready for 55" legislative package, and the decision was supported by 340 votes in favour, 279 against and 21 abstentions.
The regulation was supported by representatives of social democrats, greens and liberals in the European Parliament.
"This regulation encourages the production of zero-emission and low-emission vehicles. These goals provide clarity to the automotive industry and encourage car manufacturers to innovate and invest. It will be more affordable for consumers to buy and use zero-emission vehicles, and the used vehicle market will develop faster. In this way, sustainable transport will become available to everyone," said Liberal Club rapporteur Jan Huitema (Renew).
Tp means that in 12 years it will no longer be possible to sell new cars with diesel and gasoline engines, but only new vehicles without harmful emissions. The transitional targets for reducing harmful emissions for 2030 are 55 percent for cars and 50 percent for light commercial vehicles.
In practice, this means that new cars and vans on the market will no longer be allowed to emit CO2, but cars with internal combustion engines will not disappear from the roads.
Even after 2035, citizens will still be able to drive their existing cars with internal combustion engines, and even buy used gasoline and diesel cars.
After the final vote at the plenary session of the European Parliament, the text still needs to be formally approved by the Council before being published in the Official Journal of the EU.