The European Union has embarked on a crusade against the combustion car. The goal is, plain and simple, to make them disappear. And the first step will be the prohibition of its sale. But, despite everything, it encourages manufacturers to continue making them. What’s going on?
goodbye combustion. Last summer, the European Union reached a conclusion: it is necessary that combustion vehicles disappear. The first objective is to achieve a reduction in the global level of CO2 emissions of 55% and reach the levels of the 90s. Shortly after, in 2035, the sale of all new cars with a combustion engine will be prohibited. Yes, hybrids (plug-in or not) and extended range electrics also fall into that category.
euro 7. Before 2035, we should see a significant decline in the sale of models with combustion engines. In fact, the future Euro 7 emissions regulation proposes such low limits that it will prevent, in practice, the sale of non-electrified cars. Some manufacturers, such as Audi, have already suspended the development of this type of car.
“many years or decades”. With the European institutions approving this type of measure and governments encouraging the purchase of less polluting vehicles, the words of Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, are surprising, to say the least, who on a trip to Lombardy in which accompanied by John Elkann, president of the Stellantis Group, has encouraged manufacturers to continue producing combustion cars.
“Even if Europe bans the sale of internal combustion engines, other countries in the world will continue to use them. (…) I encourage the entire automotive ecosystem to ensure the electric transition to be ready for 2035 (in the EU), but also to continue exporting thermal or hybrid vehicles to countries that will still need them for many years or decades,” said the Commissioner.
It’s not accidental. Like almost everything in this life, Thierry Breton’s statements are not accidental. And it is that the Stellantis Group is one of those that has protested the most about the obligation to move towards the electric vehicle. This same month of January, Carlos Tavares, CEO of the automobile conglomerate, assured that “the electric car imposed by law is not the solution”.
Fines. In recent years, car manufacturers have faced the challenge of reducing their polluting emissions. With the objectives of being below 95 g/km of CO2 and a series of tools that have encouraged the industry to sell heavier and more expensive vehicles, the brands have finally managed to get below the permitted limits. In 2021 they already managed to comply, but the objectives for the coming years by the European institutions are even more ambitious.
Less is more. Despite Breton’s words, manufacturers have chosen to turn to electrification. In Europe, they have no choice if they want to continue selling cars. But it is that, in addition, they have already opted for formulas to cover the transition. Ford has been divided into two and it will be the combustion division that finances the electric until it is profitable on its own. The Volkswagen Group has already announced that it will abandon dozens of models along the way. Fewer options and more expensive. Yes, within the European Union.