Electric only beyond this point: Europe proposes de facto ICE ban

ACEA cautions that proposed new targets “may not be viable”, writes Megan Lampinen

The automotive industry has steadily cleaned up its tailpipe emissions over the years thanks to a combination of approaches including cleaner internal combustion engine (ICE) technologies, hydrogen fuel cell developments and battery electric advances. However, there is plenty of room for improvement. In the European Union (EU), transport contributes an estimated 21.5% of the region’s 3.9 billion tons of CO2-equivlanet of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In the push for its 27 member states to become carbon neutral by 2050, vehicles will play a key role.

Fit for 55

The European Commission has just put forward the ‘Fit for 55’ framework aimed at slashing GHG emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to a 1990 base level. This is a wide-ranging proposal touching on many aspects, including transport.

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