On Wednesday, the European Union proposed a ban on the sale of new gas and diesel-powered cars by the year 2035, Reuters reports. The proposed ban is part of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 55 percent by the year 2030 from current levels, a much more ambitious target than the current 37.5 percent target.
An even more ambitious target of a 100 percent cut by 2035 would make it impossible in practical terms to sell a new gas- or diesel-powered vehicle in the EU. The changeover to EVs is happening a little bit faster in Europe than it is in the states. According to Reuters, one in every nine cars sold last year was either a hybrid or a full BEV—this, despite the pandemic that kept many buyers out of showrooms.
To make the transition to EVs easier, some countries have also proposed putting EV charging stations no more 40 miles apart from one another on major roads, and a huge improvement in infrastructure that would be necessary to facilitate the changeover to EVs. The commission that proposed the ban on ICE-powered vehicles also estimated that more than $140 billion would need to be spent on public and private charging stations by 2040. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.