France and Germany disagree with 2035 EU petrol car ban

There’s been plenty of speculation in 2021 around whether the European Union would follow the UK’s lead and announce a ban on internal combustion engine vehicles before the end of the year. This speculation was seemingly answered over the weekend, following reports that the EU is set to announce a ban for 2035. Only, it looks like not all of the countries within the EU are fully on board with the idea.

France and Germany have been named in a report overnight as two countries who are pushing for a longer phase-out period for ICE vehicles. According to Automotive News, an official from the office of French President Emmanuel Macron has confirmed a different set of emissions targets than those outlined as being endorsed by the EU over the weekend. France wants carmakers to lower their emissions by 55 per cent from 2021 levels by 2030, while also allowing brands to sell plug-in hybrids (with supporting internal combustion engines) for a longer period.

That’s a contrast to the EU’s reported aims of a 65 per cent emissions reduction over the same period, and a total ban on the sale of any new ICE vehicle by 2035 across the region. France is not alone. Speaking to German outlet DPA, Germany Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said there has to be a longer phase-out period for plug-in hybrid vehicles, as well as more focus on hydrogen for the trucking sector.

“I believe that all car and truck manufacturers are aware that stricter specifications are coming. But they have to be technically feasible,” he said. It’s thought that European car companies currently churning out new plug-in hybrid models have been caught off guard by the idea that they’ll all need to be phased out by 2035.

For what it’s worth, almost every marque from Germany and France has confirmed some form of plan to electrify their fleet.

Renault were among the latest marques to draw a line in the sand; announcing at the end of last month that 65 per cent of its range would be electric by 2025.