A group of 47 businesses including Ford and Volvo have written to the European Commission urging them to maintain the ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035.
The website ransport and Energy reports the European Union’s status as climate leader is at stake as a group of Member States, led by Germany, seeks to overturn the ban, with the Climate Group warning that any delay would have a devastating impact on air quality and the environment across the bloc, and would call into question the EU’s ability to reach its climate commitments.
The 47 leading businesses, including Volvo Cars, Ford of Europe and Vattenfall, have called on the EU Commission to maintain the ban by 2035, which was agreed last year after almost two years of negotiations, in a letter coordinated by international non-profit Climate Group.
Going ahead with the ban as planned would provide legislative certainty, which is vital for businesses to push forward with their decarbonisation plans and invest in electric vehicles (EVs).
Rowing back now would set a dangerous precedent, undermining business trust in the EU’s legislative process, the businesses argue.
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