Brussels has announced that it wants the majority of European drivers to own electric cars. In this sense, it aims to adopt a strategy so that vehicles are more environmentally friendly and cheaper, in other words, so that they are more “accessible to all Europeans”, says Frans Timmermans.
In an interview given to Financial teams, the vice-president of the European Commission announced that he will soon launch, this month, measures to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 55% by the year 2030 .
With regard to these measures, the most important are the reduction of CO2 emission levels from new cars sold over the next decade, and the accountability of car manufacturers, who will have to pay for the pollution of the vehicles they sell.
“We have to do these two things to encourage the introduction of electric vehicles.” With this measure, the European Commission predicts that the prices of electric cars will gradually decrease. According to the echo newspaper, the European commission does not believe “that setting an end date for cars with combustion engines is enough, but telling the industry that we will be increasingly restrictive in terms of emissions sends that message and pushes them in that direction.”
Timmermans acknowledges that “the sense of urgency is not the same across Europe.” “If your main concern is to make it to the end of the month, then the end of life on Earth is not something you think about every day,” he announces. “Whatever we present has to be credible from a social point of view. This is, without a doubt, the greatest transformation in memory. It will be difficult.”
The measures to be launched will have to pass the approval of the majority of the European Parliament and the 27 EU member states.