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Now it’s official: why you can’t buy a new petrol car from 2035

It’s been in the air for a while, but now it’s final. As of January 1, 2035 you can no longer buy a new car that runs on petrol, diesel or gas. The European Parliament agrees with the European Commission’s plan to ban the combustion engine.

Many car enthusiasts did not believe it and some still do not want it. Yet it is inevitable: the death of the internal combustion engine in cars. At least within the European Union.

The ban on the sale of fossil fuel cars has been one of the key components of the EU’s Green Deal plans. It also stated how the car industry should work towards the sales ban on cars with combustion engines. Among other things, by developing a fleet that could emit less than half (45%) CO2 in 2030 compared to 2021. But the European Parliament is now putting a stop to that. But in the end that’s a swag for the bleeding, because the end goal is inevitable.


Synthetic fuel cars are also banned…

The car industry must focus solely on EVs, because combustion engines that run on synthetic fuel will also be banned. These so-called e-fuels may be considered CO2-neutral, but a car running on synthetic fuel simply emits CO2 at the exhaust. So we must en masse to the electric car. In any case, this will be an extra big challenge in the short term.

… but batteries for electric cars are getting more and more expensive

The battery pack is already by far the most expensive component of an electric car. And because of all kinds of international developments, that is only getting worse. The battery industry is largely dependent on China for lithium, but deliveries are lagging behind due to corona lockdowns. In turn, Russia controls about 20 percent of the world’s nickel supplies, except that Russian nickel is now taboo in connection with the war in Ukraine. This makes batteries – at least in the short term – even more expensive than they already were. It is high time to work even harder with alternative battery technologies.


Universal standard for CO2 emissions

At the end of 2023, the European Commission will present a report that should show whether there will be money to support the car industry in the development of a completely CO2-free production range. In addition, according to the European Commission, there must be an international standard that charts the CO2 emissions of a car from production to scrap. The same must be done for the fuels used. You may wonder why that is still necessary, now that it has already been decided to phase out fossil fuels in 13 years …


Can I still drive my petrol car after 2035?

Don’t panic right now on your petrol car Marktplaats.nl and order an electric car … To prevent the car market – especially the used car – from collapsing completely before 2035, there will be no ban on driving cars with a combustion engine for the time being. The question is, however, to what extent this will remain affordable, given the way in which fuel prices are currently developing.

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