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Only some very specific roads, with little space on the shoulders, with very little traffic or located in inhospitable areas, are excluded from these objectives. “The agreement sends a clear signal to citizens and the entire automotive sector that charging infrastructure and service stations for alternative fuels, such as hydrogen, will be installed,” said Andreas Carlson, the Minister of Infrastructure of Sweden, the country that presides over the Council of the EU this semester.
The agreed text also provides that the most important ports of the European Union, which receive many cruise ships and container ships, must provide them with electricity charging points from 2030. In addition, no later than 2025 airports must ‘supply with electricity the planes parked in the fingers and by 2030 all aircraft.
The aim of this measure, which is part of a larger package of Community initiatives to boost the energy transition, is to make life easier for users of electric vehicles and in the long run to encourage Europeans to end up choosing to buy this type of car and not petrol or diesel. The European Union aims to substantially reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions emitted by vehicles, which account for more than 70% of the total of these particles that the EU emits into the atmosphere.
Final deal to retire combustion engine cars by 2035
On the other hand, this Tuesday the European Union has definitively agreed to ban the sale of combustion engine vehicles that emit polluting emissions from 2035, after Germany, which blocked it at the last minute, gave in and there voted in favour. The liberal partners of the German government – sunk in the polls and with the aim of marking their own line in the coalition – asked to exclude from the ban synthetic fuel cars, also known as e-fuels. However, they have only secured a firm commitment from the European Commission that it will in the future propose regulations to exclude clean combustion engine cars from this ban.