A call to the European Parliament and EU Governments to support the European Commission’s proposed phase-out of new diesel and petrol cars by 2035

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What are we calling for?

Last year the European Commission proposed a 2035 phase out date as part of the Fit for 55 Package. The adoption of this proposal will determine whether Europe is on track to meet net zero emissions by 2050 and fulfil its obligations under the Paris Agreement. It will also determine the future of one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases and air pollution – cars and vans.

MEPs and EU governments are currently deciding new clean car rules, including a proposal by the EU commission that only zero-emission new cars and vans - and not hybrids - can be sold EU-wide from 2035. Leading businesses want to see that these proposals are translated into legislation, including three global car makers and some of the largest fleets in Europe.

The letter

Policies put in place in the next few years will decide whether the world has a fighting chance to curb climate change. In the EU, the “Fit for 55” climate package will determine whether Europe is on track to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and fulfil its obligations under the Paris Agreement. It will also determine the future of one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases and air pollution on the continent — cars and vans.

Together, passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are responsible for 15% of all Europe’s CO2 emissions. To enable all cars and vans on the road to reach zero emissions by 2050, the last car with any combustion engine, including hybrids, should be sold no later than 2035. Cars and vans are also the single largest source of nitrogen dioxide pollution, which EEA estimates to cause over 40,000 premature deaths in Europe every year.

The solution to both climate damage and dangerous air pollution is readily available. Electric vehicles offer the opportunity to cost-effectively replace the polluting internal combustion engine (ICE) and usher in a new era of zero emission mobility. Manufacturing and demand for electric cars is rapidly growing: every fifth car sold across the EU in 2021 had a plug.

Over a dozen car brands have voluntarily pledged to only sell electric cars in Europe in the next decade. We need European decision-makers to recognise this ambition but ensure laggards don’t delay the market shift. The European Commission has recognised this and proposed, via the review of the EU car and van CO2 emissions regulation, that only zero emission new cars and vans can be sold EU-wide from 2035. This is also in line with the global industry goal in leading markets as agreed at COP26.

As Members of the European Parliament and representatives of European governments, the proposals are now in your hands as you decide how fast an emissions-free revolution will happen in Europe.

We call on you to put in place an EU-wide phase-out for sales of new internal combustion engine passenger cars and vans (including hybrids) no later than 2035. This should be enshrined into legislation by setting the 2035 fleet-wide CO2 target at 0 gram CO2/km for vehicle manufacturers.

This will set in motion an urgently needed systemic transformation and make Europe a global leader in a key industry for a net zero future. To be successful, this will also require a package of measures, notably support for faster and better roll-out of public and private charging infrastructure with a European right to plug and ambitious mandatory targets on public charging, a just transition framework for Europe’s automotive workers and businesses affected, smart tax incentives for companies and individuals and targeted investments into green supply chains.

We call on you to show leadership on climate change and industrial vision. The Fitfor55 climate package is a once in a decade opportunity to set Europe on track to zero emissions that you as decision-makers of this generation cannot waste.


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At Ford in Europe, we believe that freedom of movement goes hand-in-hand with caring for our planet and each other. That’s why we are targeting all Ford vehicles to be zero emission by 2035 in line with this call, the COP26 RouteZero initiative and with our Paris Climate commitment. To successfully achieve this, EU policymakers must also establish mandatory national targets for a seamless electric charging infrastructure that lives up to the growing demand for electric vehicles, and will empower European consumers and businesses to take full advantage of living in a digital world.

Stuart Rowley, Chair of Ford Europe

Volvo Cars plans to become a fully electric car company by 2030 and supports the end of fossil fuel vehicle sales in Europe by 2035. This would not only be in-line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, which require 100% zero tailpipe emission vehicle sales in Europe by 2035, but it’s just the right thing to do. The window for us to avoid the worst impacts of global warming is rapidly closing. At this critical moment, now is the time for the EU to reaffirm its leadership in climate action.

Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo Cars

The climate emergency and the current energy security challenge call for the decarbonization of transport to be accelerated. Iberdrola supports the objective that all new cars and vans in Europe are zero emission from 2035. Electrification of transport with renewable energy is good for the environment but it will also make transport more affordable for EU citizens and more competitive for our businesses.

Agustín Delgado, Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer at Iberdrola

We’re happy to be supporting the open call to EU governments and the European Parliament to ensure all new cars and vans in Europe are zero emission from 2035. Our goal is to enable a fossil free society and the electrification of the transport sector is an important element in this transition. The EV market will continue to mature in the coming years and Vattenfall will contribute to the ambitious EU targets by further building out one of the largest charging networks in Europe together with partners. To walk the talk and reduce emissions in our operations, we have the ambition to electrify our own car fleet by 2030.

Tomas Björnsson, CEO InCharge and Vice President E-Mobility, Vattenfall

At Danfoss we have been helping to enable zero emission driving for over three decades and we are proudly supporting the open call on the EU to end the sale of combustion engine cars and vans by 2035. Electrification is central to reducing CO2 in the transport sector. If we are to achieve the Paris Agreement goals, we need to take the green transition much more seriously, and implement the technologies that are readily available today.

Kim Fausing, President and CEO, Danfoss

Uber is committed to being a zero-emission platform by 2030 in Europe (and in Canada and the US). Achieving this will take ambitious and bold actions, not just at Uber, but within the entire mobility sector.  

We’re committed to being at the forefront of the much needed change to zero emission driving. To achieve this, we need governments to set clear policies to enable that change to occur. Ensuring all new cars in Europe are zero emission by 2035, along with measures to improve charging infrastructure, exemptions or discounts for electric vehicles from congestion charging or low traffic zones and steps to encourage high kilometer drivers to shift faster, will enable drivers to switch to EVs sooner and allow us to reach net zero faster.

Thibaud Simphal, Global Head of Sustainability, Uber