End of thermal cars in 2035: why will some brands be able to escape it?

The European Parliament has just voted to ban the sale of thermal cars in 2035. We explain to you why not all brands are concerned.

On June 8, 2022, the European Parliament validated a text of law making it possible to ban the sale of thermal cars in 2035 in Europe. From this date, it will no longer be possible to acquire a new model fueled by petrol or diesel, 100% thermal or hybrid.

A hard blow for the automotive industry, which will have to adapt and accelerate its transition to 100% electric engineswhich will not be without consequences for employment in Europe.

End of thermal cars: the amendment that changes everything

However, not all manufacturers should be affected by the measure: indeed, amendment 121, says “Ferrari amendment”was quietly voted by MEPs, under the impetus of the Italian government and car manufacturers.

According to the text, the builders “which represent less than 1,000 new vehicles registered during a calendar year” will be exempt from the measure. Additionally, builders “which represent between 1,000 and 10,000 passenger cars or between 1,000 and 22,000 light commercial vehicles” will be able to continue to sell thermal vehicles until 2036.

End of thermal cars: a one-year reprieve

It is therefore a reprieve of an additional year which is offered to manufacturers selling less than 10,000 copies per year. This measure would therefore concern Ferrari (5,492 units in the EMEA region in 2021), Lamborghini (8,405 units worldwide in 2021), Aston Martin (2,006 units in Europe in 2021), Rolls-Royce (589 models in the EU in 2021 ), or even Maserati (4,203 copies in Europe in 2021).

Manufacturers selling less than 1,000 copies per year will be able to continue to sell heat engines, for a period that has not been specified. However, we imagine that this respite will only be short-lived…

End of thermal cars: a new revision to come?

Indeed, the announcement of this amendment has aroused numerous criticisms, particularly among environmentalist political figures, who point to a “privilege for the richest” and a “social and climatic injustice”.

It is therefore still possible that it will be withdrawn before the final vote of the member states of the Council of Europe, scheduled for June 28, 2022.

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