On the occasion of the vote to phase out the internal combustion engine in the European Parliament, Henrike Hahn, MEP (Greens/EFA), Deputy speaker of the German Delegation, Industrial Policy Spokesperson of the European Group, comments:
"With the end of the combustion engine, the EU is sending a clear signal for a green competitive industry in Europe.
We want the car of the future - the zero-emission car - to be built in Europe.
The Green Deal and the course towards electro mobility will ensure a competitive automotive industry in the long term.
With the end of internal combustion engines, the automotive industry gets clear targets and planning security.
We now urgently need an expansion of charging infrastructure in Europe, a battery production with high environmental and social standards - and we need to invest significantly more money in Europe in research and development for the car of the future.
The Green Deal helps to reinvent the car, saves the climate and the environment - and ensures prosperity by creating sustainable jobs and investing in the right spots."
The end of the internal combustion engine is coming, with no new cars or vans with internal combustion engines being registered in the EU from 2035 onwards. The European Parliament has just adopted (Tuesday, February 14) the compromise reached with EU Member States and the European Commission on CO2 emission limits for cars and vans. The Greens/EFA voted in favor of the outcome of the negotiations on one of the proposals of the Fit For 55 package, and in the negotiations they succeeded in ensuring that car manufacturers will receive a bonus for low- and zero-emission, thus increasing the share of electric vehicles. The EU Commission's proposal for new CO2 standards for trucks is also expected today. The Greens/EFA call for the end of internal combustion engines for new trucks by 2040 at the latest as an important contribution on the way to climate neutrality. The EU Commission's own impact assessment shows that the Greens/EFA demand is not only feasible, but also economically imperative.
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