Ford, Volvo Cars and a broad industrial coalition appeal to the EU to ensure that all new cars and vans are zero emissions by 2035 and to establish mandatory charging infrastructure targets
Car manufacturers Ford and Volvo Cars join 26 companies in public appeal to EU lawmakers ahead of crucial votes.
A broad cross-industry coalition, including Ford of Europe and Volvo Cars, is appealing to the EU to ensure that all new cars and vans in Europe are zero emissions by 2035 and to establish mandatory charging infrastructure targets.
They say the deadline for new fossil fuel engines is needed to ensure that the last cars and vans powered by internal combustion engines are off the road by 2050 – when Europe must reach net zero emissions. The vehicle manufacturers, who together sold around 800,000 cars in Europe last year, appealed to EU lawmakers in a joint letter signed today with 26 other companies representing a wide range of industries .
While 15 car brands have voluntarily promised to sell only electric cars in Europe for the next decade , the signatories say that it is up to EU decision – makers to reflect this in fixed vehicle regulations to provide planning security for industry, but also for infrastructure providers and customers in the transition to electric vehicles. The letter is addressed to MEPs and EU governments as they decide on new clean car rules, including a proposal from the European Commission that only zero-emission new cars and vans – and not hybrids – can be sold throughout the EU from 2035. The signatories explicitly support this proposal from the European Commission.
Stuart Rowley, President of Ford of Europe, said: “At Ford of Europe, we believe that freedom of movement goes hand in hand with the care of our planet and each other. That’s why we aim for all Ford vehicles to have zero emissions in 2035 in line with this call, the COP26 RouteZero initiative and our climate commitment in Paris, and to achieve this successfully, EU policy makers must also establish mandatory national targets for a seamless electric charging infrastructure that meets the growing demand for electricity. vehicles and will enable European consumers and businesses to take full advantage of living in a digital world. “
Electric cars, which already account for 10 percent of cars sold across the EU, are an easily accessible solution to climate emissions and dangerous air pollution. Cars and vans are responsible for 15% of all CO2 emissions and are also the single largest source of nitrogen dioxide pollution, which the European Environment Agency estimates causes over 40,000 premature deaths in Europe each year.
Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo Cars, said: “Volvo Cars plans to become a full electric car company by 2030 and supports the completion of fossil fuel sales in Europe by 2035. This would not only be in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which require 100% emissions of vehicles without exhaust gases in Europe by 2035, but that is the right thing to do, the window for us to avoid the worst consequences of global warming is closing fast. in the field of climate action. “
Setting an end date for fossil fuel sales will also set in motion a systemic transformation in Europe’s automotive industry and make it a global leader in a key sector for a net-zero future, said the companies, which also include utilities Iberdrola and Vattenfall and companies. which operates large car fleets such as Zurich and Sanofi. Many are concerned about the lack of supply of electric vehicles to decarbonize their own vehicles.
Tomas Björnsson, CEO of InCharge and Vice President E-Mobility, Vattenfall: “We are pleased to support the open call for EU governments and the European Parliament to ensure that all new cars and vans in Europe have zero emissions from 2035. Our goal is to enable a fossil-free society and electrification of the transport sector is an important element in this transformation. largest charging network in Europe together with partners. To speak up and reduce emissions in our operations, we have the ambition to electrify our own car fleet by 2030. “
Internal combustion engines are also responsible for about a third of all oil imports to Europe. Switching to fossil-free road transport would increase the continent’s energy security and cut back on the billions of euros it sends abroad for oil each year.
The European Parliament and EU governments will decide their positions on the 2035 zero-emission target in June. After negotiations, the final law is expected to be passed in the autumn.
Originally published on Transport & Environment.
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