After a proposal issued by the European Commission in July 2021, the European Parliament votes the end of sales of new thermal vehicles from 2035.
This is an event that will mark the history of the automobile: Europe has voted in favor of banning combustion engine vehicles. This is a legislative package that aims to reduce CO₂ emissions by 55% by 2030.
👏 Historic vote in the European Parliament: MEPs vote for the end of thermal engines in new vehicles from 2035 ❌
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@UEFrance) June 8, 2022
From 2035, it will no longer be possible to market a new car emitting CO₂. The average lifespan of a car being 15 years, we will therefore speak of “carbon neutrality” in Europe in 2050. This is a radical decision, the automotive groups have already reacted for a long time. In France, Renault and Stellantis, the group born from the merger between PSA and Fiat Chrysler, have already announced that they will market more than 70% of electric cars from 2030.
The challenges of the electric revolution
Obviously, the questions of the origin of the electricity produced and the overall energy cost of the new models remain open, but there is already talk of a growing electrification of the market. It is also one of the most read themes on Frandroid. The electric market share is 9.8% in France in 2021, i.e. 162,106 registrations. The momentum continues in 2022 despite the supply problems affecting the entire sector, including Tesla, which had resisted until now.
There are other important issues behind this forced march electrification. First of all, the many jobs dedicated to thermal cars, the manufacture of electric cars requires a workforce about three times less numerous. But there is also the price of electric cars, the difference in prices between electric and thermal cars remains major despite the ecological bonus.
Finally, the network of charging terminals is also an angle of attack for anti-electrics. Although the number of terminals has increased very markedly along our roads in recent years, whereas today there are just under 60,000 throughout the country, it is still far from be sufficient. Precisely, the 27 member countries of the European Union met during a big meeting which took place in Luxembourg, a few days before. Objective: that there is at least one “at least 150 kW” every 60 km on the entire road network in the coming years. According to an ACEA report published last year, our country had a rather average network, with 4.1 terminals every 100 km, thus placing itself far behind the Netherlands (47.5 terminals every 100 km) .
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