France and Germany fight EU plan to ban internal combustion vehicles by 2035

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The European Union will announce new emissions targets this week that will effectively end the sale of internal combustion engines by 2035.

The governments of France and Germany will try to delay the adoption of this measure and introduce a longer phase-out period for ICE.

An unnamed French official in President Emmanuel Macron’s office said the French government supports the goal that automakers will reduce their emissions by 55% by 2030 from 2021 levels and is committed to keeping plug-in hybrids on the market longer. It is reported by Automotive News.

This is a softer approach than that adopted by the EU, which aims to reduce emissions by 65% ​​from 2021 levels by 2030 and bring them down to zero by 2035.

German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer also supported this topic in a conversation with the German press agency DPA. In his opinion, there is a need to be more lenient with plug-in hybrids and pay more attention to hydrogen for heavy trucks.

Macron’s position came from meetings with executives from companies such as Stellantis and Renault, as well as suppliers Valeo, Faurecia and Plastic Omnium. Many automakers have been caught off guard by EU plans that will effectively render plug-in hybrids useless after 2035.

Many concerns, due to the new plans, are concerned about jobs that could be lost when switching to electric vehicles. In France, 50% of auto industry specialists may lose their jobs.