The European Parliament is voting to come to an agreement asking all vans and cars to be emission-free by 2035. Moreover, there will also be other earlier targets that automakers should consider carefully. By 2030, if a car company wants to qualify for incentives between 2025 and 2029, the percentage of zero-emissions cars should be at least 25 percent of car sales (and 17 percent of van sales). This is among the actions that the European Parliament is trying out to eliminate harmful emissions and pollutants to the environment. Being an early-developed continent, the environment issues in Europe are among the most alarming in the whole world. Air pollution is among the main causes for several health problems of Europeans. It has become a concern especially to vulnerable groups such as the elderly and the children.
In addition, the European Commission’s new task is going to be the development of a data report on the emissions of the “full life-cycle” of sold cars in the Europe Union. Specifically, this data report is going to compare the gap between emission limits and real consumption. The deadline of this task is by 2026.
The measure is applied strictly for major automakers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Jaguar, and Bentley. It is among the largest industries in this continent that requires a great number of employees and takes up a large portion of the continent’s GDP. Clearly, most countries in Europe are developed countries where the living costs and living conditions are notably higher than many parts of the world. Therefore, the demand for personal transportation is also compatible with the living conditions here. As a result, the officials are considering how to limit the bad effects that the industry has been creating to the environment and air quality. These are the next steps of the mission.
There are several more tasks to be done before the official announcement. However, several companies have been aware of these changes and shifted their production to eco-friendly vehicles. GM, Stellantis, Volvo and VW are among the very first names to stop all combustion engine car sales in the region, or maybe even worldwide by 2035. Renault also committed to electrify its lineup before 2025. Yet, there are still several companies that have not taken any steps. Hopefully we might hear more from them in the near future. The usage of gas cars does not only have harmful effect on the environment but also on humans’ health.