The impact of the EU climate package for motorists

In order to achieve the goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the EU Commission is now increasing the pressure and demanding a switch to electric cars by 2035. The following section takes a closer look at the effects of the Green Deal on car transport.

The new CO2 rules: By 2030, emissions from new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are to be reduced by an average of 55 per cent compared to today's levels. In 2035, all newly registered cars should then emit "zero emissions". In contrast to other member states, the EU Commission has not yet issued an explicit ban on putting any more internal combustion vehicles on the road after a certain date. The CO2 regulations only apply to new cars, older ones are grandfathered.

The charging and filling station network: The member states are obliged to expand the network of charging stations and hydrogen filling stations on the trunk roads. For example, an e-car must be able to refuel at least every 60 kilometres, a fuel cell vehicle every 150 kilometres.

Consequences for car drivers and fuel prices: The EU climate package will also lead to an increase in fuel prices. In Germany, for example, prices have already risen by around 8 cents per litre for diesel and 7 cents for petrol. The climate targets could make it even more expensive to run internal combustion cars.

All in all, the EU's increased climate targets will put an end to the use of internal combustion engines through the back door. The raised climate targets will effectively phase out the production of classic petrol and diesel cars in Europe in the medium term - and both are likely to disappear from the roads in the long term as well.

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