A broad, multi-industry alliance, which also includes Ford of Europe, Volvo Cars and e-van start-up Arrival as well as charging technology providers such as Allego, ChargePoint, Fastned, EVBox or LeasePlan, has appealed to the European Union to ensure that all cars and trucks Europe’s new minivan is zero-emissions from 2035, and to set binding targets for charging infrastructure. This was announced by the environmental organization Umbrella T&E.
The deadline for new fossil fuel engines is essential to ensure that the last internal combustion engine cars and trucks are phased out by 2050 – when Europe needs to achieve net zero emissions. The automakers involved, who collectively sold around 800,000 cars in Europe last year, appealed to EU lawmakers in a joint letter they signed with 26 other companies from a variety of sectors.
Volunteering is not enough! Appeal to decision makers in the European Union
While only 15 car brands have voluntarily committed to selling only electric cars in Europe over the next decade, the signatories are calling on EU decision makers to reverse this in a fixed vehicle regulation in order to provide security planning for the industry, but also for infrastructure providers and customers. Moving on to electric cars. The letter is directed to MEPs and EU governments to decide on new clean car rules. This also includes the EU Commission’s proposal that from 2035, only new zero-emissions cars and trucks – not hybrids – may be sold across the EU. The signatories expressly support this proposal by the European Union Commission.
“At Ford Europe, we believe that freedom of movement goes hand in hand with protecting our planet and those around us. That is why we aim to have all Ford cars zero emissions by 2035. This is in line with this call, the COP26 RouteZero initiative and our Paris climate commitment. ‘ said Stuart Rowley, president of Ford Europe.
To achieve this, EU policymakers will also need to set binding national targets for a seamless electric charging infrastructure that can meet the growing demand for electric vehicles, the Ford Europe president said. The NGO said electric cars, which already account for 10 per cent of cars sold in the European Union, are a readily available solution to climate emissions and dangerous air pollution. Cars and vans accounted for 15 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and were also the single largest source of nitrogen dioxide pollution, which the European Environment Agency estimates causes more than 40,000 premature deaths in Europe each year.
“Volvo Cars plans to become a purely electric car company by 2030 and supports the end of sales of fossil fuel cars in Europe by 2035. Not only will this meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to sell 100% zero-emissions cars in Europe by 2035, Europe dictates, but it also does the right thing. The window of opportunity in which we can avoid the worst effects of global warming is rapidly closing. At this critical moment, it is time for the European Union to reassert leadership in climate action.” So demanded Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo Cars.
Setting a deadline for selling cars powered by fossil fuels would also herald a systemic shift in Europe’s auto industry, making it a global leader in a key sector for a net-zero future, according to the companies, which include energy giant Iberdrola and Vattenfall, as well as companies that operate large vehicle fleets such as Zurich and Sanofi. Many of these have expressed concern about the lack of EV supply to remove carbon from their vehicles.
“We are pleased to support the open call to EU governments and the European Parliament for all new cars and vans in Europe to be zero-emissions by 2035. Our goal is to enable a fossil-free society and the electrification of the transport sector is an important component of this transition,” added Thomas Bjornson , CEO of InCharge and Vice President of E-Mobility, Vattenfall.
The electric vehicle market will continue to grow in the coming years, and Vattenfall wants to contribute to the EU’s ambitious goals by building one of the largest charging networks in Europe with partners. Björnsson also announced that they want to electrify their fleet by 2030.
Automobiles with combustion engines are also responsible for about a third of all oil imports into Europe. Switching to fossil-free land transportation would improve the continent’s energy security and reduce the billions of euros it sends abroad in exchange for oil each year. The European Parliament and EU governments will decide their positions on the goal of zero-emissions vehicles by 2035 in June. After negotiations, the final law is expected to pass in the fall.