The EU’s 2035 ban on internal-combustion engine cars is facing increased opposition from member states.
A group of five nations want to reduce a proposed European Union (EU) emissions target which would effectively ban new cars powered by petrol and diesel from 2035.
According to a report from Reuters, documents have revealed Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Romania are seeking to delay the 100 per cent CO2 emissions reduction target for new cars to 2040.
A paper being circulated among EU states proposes a change from 100 per cent to 90 per cent CO2 emissions for passenger cars by 2035, with commercial vehicles only required to meet an 80 per cent cut – with both segments to reach 100 per cent by 2040.
The change would allow low-emissions internal-combustion engine cars to continue to be sold for an additional five years, likely with the addition of hybrid-electric assistance.
However, a recent report alleges both fuel consumption and emissions from plug-in hybrid vehicles are far higher than claimed, as most drivers do not take full advantage of the battery-only driving range available.
Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania are home to many new-car factories – manufacturing cars for Stellantis, Volkswagen Group, Hyundai Motor Group, Jaguar Land Rover, and Ford, with supercar brands Ferrari and Lamborghini being arguably the best known.
However, representatives from the EU already rejected a similar motion at the start of this month, upholding its position of a 100 per cent CO2 reduction on new cars by 2035.
Data from the European Environmental Agency shows the five member states have some of the lowest adoption rates for electrified cars among the EU, with less than five per cent of newly-registered vehicles being fully-electric or plug-in hybrid.
Economic data also show the countries are among the most poor in the bloc, sitting below the average compared to the rest of the EU.
Last week, Germany’s finance minister claimed his government would not sign onto the EU law in its current form, suggesting vehicle that run on synthetic fuels – which convert CO2 from the atmosphere back into petrol and diesel – should be exempt from the ban.
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