This project, which was unveiled by the European Commission in July 2021, aims to reach Europe’s climate goals and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new cars on the continent to zero.
The decision, which was approved by European environment ministers during a meeting in Luxembourg, imposes virtually a ban in all EU countries on the sale of new cars equipped with gasoline or diesel engines, and the subsequent transition to electric motors.
But at the request of some of its members, including Germany and Italy, the EU’s environment ministers agreed to consider, in the future, the possibility of allowing engines powered by alternative technologies such as synthetic fuels and hybrid engines if this could achieve the goal of completely eliminating car emissions. greenhouse.
The ministers also extended for five years, i.e. until the end of 2035, the exemption from carbon dioxide obligations granted to “specialized” manufacturers or those who produce less than 10,000 vehicles annually. This item, which is sometimes called a “Ferrari modification”, benefits especially luxury brands. These measures must now be negotiated with MEPs.