Volvo and Ford support the end of the combustion engine in Europe by 2035

Volvo and Ford support the end of the combustion engine in Europe by 2035


As electric vehicle technology advances, automakers and countries around the world are adapting to make this vehicle more popular and capable of replacing the combustion engine. Last year, for example, the European Union decided to reduce its CO2 emissions from cars by 100% by 2035.

Other brands opposed the proposal, claiming that there was not enough time to adjust their equipment and production lines. On the other hand, some manufacturers favored the plan, but asked the EU to set mandatory targets for the charging infrastructure, to facilitate the transition to electric vehicles.

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According to international accounting firm Ernst and Young, Europe would need 65 million chargers in operation by 2035 to meet demand. And 85% of these devices should be kept at home.

Now, Ford and Volvo are among 27 companies that have put their names to a petition asking the European Union to ban the sale of new combustion engine cars and vans from 2035.

In a letter to the European Parliament, the group – which includes Uber and the electric car Arrival – said:

The “Fit for 55” climate package will determine whether Europe is on track to reach zero emissions by 2050 and meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement. Together, passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are responsible for 15% of all CO2 emissions in Europe. To allow all cars and vehicles on the road to reach zero emissions by 2050, the last vehicle with any combustion engine, including hybrids, must be sold by 2035.

In March 2021, Volvo announced worldwide that it will produce only electric cars by 2030 and that by 2025 half of its fleet will be 100% electric.

Ford, for its part, has committed to phase out the internal combustion engine from its assembly line by 2035, the same year carbon neutrality would be achieved.

The Americans further said that “getting fossil fuel cars off the road is essential for Europe to reach its goal of zero emissions by 2050.”

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