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EU ‘Fit For 55’ Proposal May Spell The End For ICE Vehicles In Europe

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In recent years, the European Union has been adamant about transitioning to electric vehicles at a rapid pace. Much of this has been accomplished through stricter CO2 emissions standards, which include a pledge to become carbon neutral by 2050, as well as agreeing to increase a cut in carbon emissions by 2030 from 40 percent to 55 percent this past April. Now the EU is preparing to release its “Fit for 55” climate package on July 14th, which could spell the end for ICE vehicles in the region altogether, according to a report from Automotive News Europe.

The details of the Fit for 55 proposal have yet to be finalized, but one proposal suggests slashing emissions 60 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2035 – which would make it impossible for automakers to sell ICE-powered vehicles. While automakers in the region are working overtime to electrify their respective lineups, such a move would only put more pressure on speeding up these changes.

Predictably, these proposals have drawn sharp criticism from automakers and industry groups like the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). “Restricting the technology to a single drivetrain option within such a short period of time is worrying and does not give any consideration whatsoever to the interests of consumers,” the VDA said. “The effect on jobs, particularly those in the supply industry, will be considerable.”

Earlier this year, Ford announced that by mid-2026, 100 percent of the automaker’s passenger vehicle lineup in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric, or plug-in hybrid, and will be completely all-electric by 2030. The automaker recently said that it could reach its total electrification goal before 2030 if all goes well, however.

However, automakers like Ford that are counting on plug-in hybrid models as a bridge to total electrification may have to explore other plans, as European officials are working to phase them out sooner than previously expected. Meanwhile, a recent poll found that most city-dwelling Europeans support a total ICE ban, though only 10 percent of Europe’s total new vehicle sales consisted of all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in 2020.

We’ll have more on Europe’s electrification push soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Stephen Ketterer

    All this craziness for the sake of a glacier that started melting 18,000 years ago. Shame on people for being so gullible.

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  2. GreggT

    Meanwhile China continues to add coal fired plants!

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  3. Tigger

    I hope the Communist Union- I mean the European Union- will have a good welfare program for all those autworkers that will lose their jobs.

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  4. commbubba19

    So the US, EU, and maybe Australia are aware and pushing for full EV adoption under 20 years. Meanwhile the rest of the world gives to flying electrons and will just continue to pump out greenhouse gases.

    Unless this is a true global initiative, this is empty gesture posturing by short sighted morons.

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    1. steve c

      Really, green houses gases you say. May I reminder you that these “Almighty, savior of the world cars” use a lot of plastic parts and a crap load of batteries. That adds a huge amount of weight. For example, the new F-150 all electric truck, 1800 lbs of batteries. All that plastic. All the additional road repairs, oh wait, all that asphalt. All the additional asphalt needed to repair the roads. All these things are made from…….wait for it……..petroleum. Oh wait, power. How are the IU (Idiotic Union) going to provide that additional power required to charge all these savior of the world vehicle. My guess, Nuclear Power Plants. So you’re willing to trade the cleanest ever running cars, that produce near zero green house gas, for using more petroleum powered plants to produce more plastic batteries, car parts, asphalt ect… There’s a saying I love to repeat. Don’t be so open minded that your brains fall out.

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  5. Lee

    Four eloquent descriptions/comments of the laughable idiots claims.

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    1. Tigger

      You would know…

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  6. Crypto

    Don’t you Americans worry about us Europeans, you have enough fixing to do on your own backyard.

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  7. Steve C

    So let me get my head wrapped around this. The car has plastic parts. Correct? Yes… Isn’t plastic made from petroleum? The batteries these vehicles use, petroleum too, right? When these batteries need to be replaced, where do they go? What kind of damage occurs when the batteries run completely out? How much will it cost to fix it? How much will it cost the taxpayers to set up all these new charging stations? Oh, about that. How many nuclear power stations will be built to provide the power to charge all the vehicles. Just because you have an Ivy league education, doesn’t mean your really smart. Stuff like this, proves my point. Stupid can have a degree from an Ivy league school.

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    1. that guy

      exactly, all virtue signaling propaganda and most people are to stupid to see the truth. they are going to eliminate ICE’s but use fossil fuels to make everything else.

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  8. Mike says..

    I don’t like this type of dictate either, however, I like even less those of you with your head stuck deeply in the sand. Things are changing, whether you like it or not isn’t the question. Too ignore the facts and deflect to name calling and partisan politics does not say much good about the good ol USA now does it. Being foolish is one thing…. being just plain stupid is going to a place to die. The scary truth is that developed countries are the ‘turds’ of their own destruction. I have moved towards thinking and doing the little things I can to make our health better and the future more assured …… probably not enough but at least I tried. Some of you are simply already obsolete from the sound of your comments. Just sayin…..

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    1. Tigger

      It is naive to say with any certainty where things will be 5 years from now let alone 15 years from now. A bunch of worthless, dimwitted politicians kowtowing to societal fringes are the last people who should be telling us what to drive. Ultimately the market will decide what will be produced and in what number. I remember the early 1980s when we were told there will be no more rear-wheel-drive passenger cars, no more V-8s, no more large pickups, and a mass migration to diesel engines. Heck, a little over ten years ago truck plants were being converted to produce small cars with the companies telling us pickup truck sales have peaked and that cars like the Focus, Fiesta, Sonic, Cruise, etc will now be the heart of the market. Now you cannot even buy a domestically produced small car from the traditional Big 3.

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  9. that guy

    Ford is drinking to much of the left wing kool-aid.

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  10. Ford Owner

    It is quite funny to read so many illogical and misinformed comments from the modern Luddites against electric vehicles, yet deny that their own gasoline vehicles use the same parts and are the main cause of climate changes for over 140 years.

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    1. Tigger

      Autos contribute a relatively small percentage to the so called climate change crises. BTW, where is all the power going to come from to power these Evs?

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