Ford and Volvo are among 27 major companies to sign a petition calling on the European Union to ban the sale of new ICE cars and vans from 2035.
Last year, the EU proposed to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles by 100% by 2035 in its 27 member states. In support of this initiative, the companies have called on the EU to “set mandatory targets for charging infrastructure” to facilitate the mass switch to electric vehicles.
It hasn’t suggested what these goals should be, but a recent report by accounting giant Ernst and Young suggested Europe would need 65 million chargers by 2035 to power an EV fleet of around 130 million. According to Ernst and Young, about 85% of these devices should be installed at home.
In a letter to the European Parliament, the consortium – which includes EV start-up Arrival, supermarket chain Tesco, mobility provider Uber and consumer goods company Unilever – said: “The policies put in place in the coming years will decide whether the world has a chance to mitigate climate change. to curb.
“In the EU, the ‘Fit for 55’ climate package will determine whether Europe is on track to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement. It will also determine the future of one of the biggest sources of global warming gases and air pollution on the continent — cars and vans.
Passenger cars and light commercial vehicles together are responsible for 15% of total CO2 emissions in Europe. To ensure that all cars and vans on the road are zero-emissions by 2050, the last car with an internal combustion engine, including hybrids, must be sold by 2035 at the latest. Cars and vans are also the largest source of nitrogen dioxide pollution, affecting EEA [the European Environment Agency] estimated to cause more than 40,000 premature deaths in Europe each year.”
They asked MEPs to recognize the ambition of the carmakers who have already committed to going all-electric, “but to ensure that laggards do not slow down the market shift”.
The EU is currently targeting a 37.5% reduction in vehicle CO2 emissions by 2030, although measures proposed last year would bring this to 55% on the road to a blanket ban on ICE five years later.
Ford has already committed to phase out ICE vehicles by 2035 while achieving carbon neutrality.
After the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Ford E-Transit were the first passenger and commercial EVs to hit the market, seven more will hit the market by 2024, including the new E-Transit Custom and an electric version of the Ford Puma.