The committee did not support a proposal by some lawmakers to increase the ambition of the Commission’s proposal to cut CO2 emissions from cars by 55% by 2030 compared to 2021 levels. Nor did they support other lawmakers’ proposals to water down the 2035 target.
“With CO2 standards, we are creating clarity for the car industry and driving innovation and investment for carmakers,” said Jan Huitema, the policy’s lead legislator, adding that it should make driving cheaper electric vehicles.
The full European Parliament will vote on the automotive CO2 proposals in the coming months, after which lawmakers and EU countries will have to negotiate the final rules.
By accelerating the shift to zero-emission electric vehicles, the EU aims to tackle a quarter of EU emissions from transport, which have increased in recent years.
Automakers including Volkswagen, Ford, Peugeot, Volvo and Jaguar have already announced plans to stop selling combustion-engined cars in Europe by 2035, but some industry groups have warned against the ban. a specific technology and said that more ambitious goals could only be achieved if policymakers supported a massive deployment of charging infrastructure.
The EU is negotiating proposals to require countries to install public charging stations at regular intervals along major roads.