Rumors have persisted for some time now that the European Union will amend its climate targets and adopt more ambitious goals intended to significantly reduce the region’s CO2 emissions. Now, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that these plans will include effectively banning the sale of new ICE vehicles starting in 2035 by requiring that all new vehicles produce zero emissions by that date.
Under the revised plan, new vehicle emissions will first be required to drop to 65 percent starting in 2030, which will be supported by a vast increase in charging infrastructure. It’s all part of the EU’s “Fit for 55” proposal, expected to be revealed next week, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe by 55 percent of its 1990 levels by 2030 ahead of becoming the first continent in the world to achieve net-zero emissions by the year 2050.
Current European Union emissions targets aim to reduce vehicle emissions by 37.5 percent by 2030, making the new proposal a significant jump. The proposal also calls for renewable energy to increase from 32 percent to 40 percent by 2030 and will require that electric vehicle chargers are installed every 37 miles along major highways.
Earlier this year, Ford of Europe committed that by mid-2026, 100 percent of its passenger vehicle lineup will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric, or plug-in hybrid and that it will be completely all-electric by 2030, though the automaker also recently admitted that it could reach the latter goal before 2030. One potential roadblock emerged recently, however, as some European officials want to phase out plug-in hybrid models by 2025.
Ford is joined by a number of other automakers making similar pledges, including its new partner Volkswagen, which recently stated that it will stop selling ICE vehicles in Europe by 2035, though this new proposal would obviously force it to accelerate that goal. Ford currently has a number of new European electric vehicles in development, including one or possibly two built on VW’s MEB platform.