Ministers of the European Union have agreed to a contentious proposal to only register new internal combustion vehicles beginning in 2035 provided they use fuels that do not contribute to global warming.
Swedish Energy Minister, Ebba Busch, revealed this on Tuesday.
After German Transport Minister Volker Wissing expressed last-minute objection to a bill draft that may have prohibited the registration of all new cars and trucks with internal combustion engines, the decision was postponed by several weeks.
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Over the weekend, Brussels and Berlin finally came to an agreement that will allow new vehicles with such engines to be registered in the EU after 2035 as long as they use so-called “e-fuels,” which are known to be climate-neutral.
The deal from Tuesday can be challenged in the coming weeks by the European Parliament.
The usage of e-fuels in road traffic—which can be created using renewable energy from water and carbon dioxide taken from the atmosphere—is quite contentious.
Story was adapted from Enviro News