EU lawmakers to vote on banning combustion-engine cars


The future of car transport in Europe may become clearer — and cleaner —on Wednesday when the European Parliament decides whether to ban vehicles with a combustion engine starting in the middle of the next decade.

The European Union assembly’s scheduled vote later in Strasbourg, France, is part of EU draft legislation to step up the fight against global warming. Cars account for around 12% of European emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for climate change.

The spotlight is on a provision that would force automakers to lower carbon-dioxide emissions by 100% in 2035, a step that would amount to an EU prohibition that year on the sale of new cars powered by gasoline or diesel.

The car industry and some political voices are urging a more gradual transition to fully electric fleets, with a 90% CO2 reduction in 2035 as a possible compromise.

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El Paso Inc, 8-06-22