Ford and Volvo were the only two automakers to sign a letter recently published by a group of 28 cross-industry companies in support of the new rules being considered, which would see EU law that all new cars sold there would have zero emissions by 2035.
The letter, which was sent to members of the European Parliament and EU governments, also claimed that the agency would target mandatory charging infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles, CleanTehcnica reported.
“At Ford Europe, we believe that freedom of movement goes hand in hand with our planet and caring for each other,” said Stuart Rowley, Chair, Ford of Europe. “EU policymakers must set mandatory national targets for an uninterrupted electric charging infrastructure that caters to the growing demand for electric vehicles.”
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The broader goal will be to help Europe reach its net zero emissions climate goal by 2050. This, proponents say, will help avoid the worst effects of climate change on humans and the planet. The letter’s signatories argue that in order to achieve that goal, a law that establishes standards and a clear timeline is needed.
“Volvo Cars plans to become a fully electric car company by 2030 and will support ending fossil fuel car sales in Europe by 2035,” said Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo Cars. “Not only will this be consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, which requires the sale of 100% zero teleprop emissions vehicles to Europe by 2035, but it is the right thing to do. The windows are closing fast for us to avoid the worst effects of global warming.”
Ford and Volvo are among 15 car brands that voluntarily pledged to sell only electric cars in the next decade but were the only ones to sign the letter, which clearly supports a law. The other signatories to this letter are, meanwhile, utilities and businesses that operate large fleets in Europe.
The letter comes as EU policymakers review new clean car rules that will ensure that only zero-emissions vehicles will be sold in the EU by 2035. The European Parliament is set to clarify its position by June and final legislation will be passed this fall. .