European Commission proposes complete ban for ICE cars from 2035

European Commission proposes complete ban for ICE cars from 2035

Proposing stricter carbon emission requirements for the automotive industry, the European Commission (EC) has suggested that no car with an internal combustion engine (ICE) should be allowed to get registration from 2035 onwards.

The EC aims to reduce new greenhouse gas emissions in Europe by at least 55 per cent by 2030 as compared to 1990 levels, before eventually bringing down the emissions for all new cars to zero in 2035. European authorities believe that the goals can be achieved only through broad electrification.

Banning conventional ICE cars from running on public roads also means that only battery-electric cars (BEVs) or hydrogen fuel cell cars (FCVs), in addition to some other exotic technologies, will be allowed to run on public roads. The EC stressed that a combination of various measures is needed to tackle the issue of soaring carbon emissions in road transport to help thwart bigger issues like global warming.

Proposing the ban on ICE cars, the EC said, “Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55% from 2030 and 100% from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission.”

As the older ICE cars age, Europe will achieve zero-emission. By 2050, the EU member states will probably have only a handful of special ICE vehicles and classic cars.

As range anxiety and lack of charging infrastructure continue to be a big hurdle on the way to mass adoption of battery-electric and hydrogen vehicles; the EC will require EU member states to install EV chargers every 60 km (roughly 37 miles) and hydrogen stations every 150 km (roughly 93 miles) on all major highways.

The EC stressed that increasing the number of EV chargers on major highways is essential to ensure that drivers get adequate charging network across Europe so that they could drive freely with any range anxiety. The revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) will require all member states to spread out charging capacity in proportion to zero-emission car sales.

Seeking support for the new proposals, EU President Ursula Von Der Leyen said that several manufacturers have already announced their own goals to end production and sales of ICE cars. Still, an official deadline for banning ICE vehicles is necessary to avoid a lack of certainty.