Ford and Volvo were the only two automakers to sign a recently published letter from a group of 28 interdisciplinary companies supporting the new rules being enacted to legislate that all new cars sold by the European Union will have zero emissions by 2035.
A letter to members of the European Parliament and EU governments calls on the organization to establish a mandatory tariff infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles. CleanTehcnica.
“At Ford in Europe, we believe that freedom of movement goes hand in hand with caring for our planet and each other,” said Stuart Rowley, Ford’s president for Europe. “EU policymakers must also set mandatory national goals for a continuous charging infrastructure that will meet the growing demand for electric vehicles.”
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The regulations set a broader goal to help Europe achieve its climate goal of zero net emissions by 2050. Proponents say this will help prevent the worst effects of climate change on humans and the planet. The signatories of the letter believe that in order to achieve this goal, legislation is needed to establish standards and a clear timeline.
“Volvo Cars plans to become a fully electric car company by 2030 and supports the cessation of sales of fossil fuel vehicles in Europe by 2035,” said Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo Cars. “This is in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, which requires 100% zero emissions in Europe by 2035, but it is right. For us, the window is closing quickly to prevent the worst effects of global warming. ”
Ford and Volvo are one of 15 car brands that have voluntarily pledged to sell only electric cars in the next decade, but they are the only ones to sign this letter of legal support. Other signatories to the letter were utilities and companies that run Europe’s largest fleets.
The letter comes as EU politicians are considering new clean transport rules that would allow the EU to sell only zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The European Parliament will determine its position by June and the final law will be adopted this fall. .