The time of petrol and diesel cars in Europe may soon be over after the European Parliament voted to end the sale of combustion engine cars by 2035.
If approved by the European Council, this could become some of the world’s most powerful legislation to phase out fossil-fuelled vehicles.
“An ambitious revision of CO2 standards is a crucial part of reaching our climate targets. With these standards, we are creating clarity for the car industry and can stimulate innovation and investments for car manufacturers. In addition, purchasing and driving zero-emission cars will become cheaper for consumers,” said Dutch MEP Jan Huitema, who helped draft the legislation. Support for the proposal came after considerable debate as the European Parliament failed to agree on key climate policies on Wednesday. This saw the Social Democrats and Greens come to blows with the EPP (European Christian Democrats) regarding the EU’s flagship emissions trading system that would cap industries on carbon emissions, but would allow companies to trade allowances.
While the proposal still needs to be debated at the Council and then passed into the law, the vote is a key step forward.