answers to questions that arise

The first step towards the end of thermal vehicles was taken on June 8, 2022. The European Parliament approved the text on the regulation of CO2 emissions from cars. A victory decided with few voices, but still a victory.

End of thermal car sales in 2035

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 must be marked with a white stone. It is actually on this date that, despite opposition from the right, MEPs validated the text on the regulation of CO2 emissions from cars and vans, by 339 votes in favour, 249 votes against, 24 abstentions. This text is part of the European Union’s climate plan, which aims to reduce car emissions by 15% by 2025 and by 55% in 2030. The sale of new thermal cars will be banned from 2035.

In other words, new petrol and diesel vehicles will no longer be sold on European soil within thirteen years. Ditto for new hybrid models and models that run on biofuel. Only new electric models can be sold at car dealerships.

Also read: Electric or thermal, which car wastes more raw material?

Challenges to be overcome and so many questions

The vote on the text on the regulation of CO2 emissions raises several questions regarding electric vehicles. Let’s try to answer some of them; questions that many internet users ask themselves.

Will we all have to have an electric car by 2035?

If the voted text provides for a ban on the sale of new thermal cars after 2035, it does not oblige motorists to drive from that date in an electric car. It will no longer be possible to purchase a new thermal vehicle, as well as a new hybrid or biofuel-powered model.

Is it possible to buy a second-hand thermal car?

However, it will still be possible to obtain this type of vehicle on the second-hand market, a market not covered by the voted text. Thus, from 2035 onwards, you will still be able to buy second-hand a petrol or diesel car to drive, and that without time limits. This type of sale will therefore continue to be authorized, between individuals, but also in garages.

Will electric cars be more affordable?

It is a fact that electric cars are currently sold more expensive than thermal cars. However, we can expect, in the coming years, a democratization of this type of model, although with the war in Ukraine and the semiconductor crisis, the increase in the prices of raw materials used in their manufacture will have an impact on their price. For its part, the French government intends to encourage French drivers to opt for the all-electric vehicle, through a leasing system at less than 100 euros per month for the most modest ones.

Will electric cars be more autonomous with more efficient batteries?

There remains the question of the current range of electric car batteries, currently limited to around 500 km, against 200 in 2010. An autonomy, therefore, very far from that offered by internal combustion vehicles, but car manufacturers are concentrating their efforts on this. question. Many innovations are therefore to be expected.

Will France be better equipped with charging stations?

However, let’s hope that by then France will be much better equipped with charging stations than it is today. As of March 31, the territory had 57,732 charging points open to the public, while the initial goal was to have 100,000 accessible terminals by the end of 2020. Therefore, we will have to accelerate its deployment until 2035.

Are electric vehicles really less polluting than thermal cars?

Another crucial question: Are electric cars really less polluting than thermal ones? Huge question. According to Ademe (French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management), “the manufacture, use and end of life of an electric vehicle” produces “two to three times” less greenhouse gases in France than “electric vehicles”. gasoline and diesel. “However, Ademe also specifies, “the impacts of electric vehicles on the climate and the environment vary according to the origin of the electricity used”.

In addition, electric cars also emit fine particles, also specified another Ademe study, published recently.

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