The European Parliament has reached an agreement on the sale of diesel cars from 2030. Photo for illustration.Photo: Pixabay/Gerd Altmann

The European Parliament approved the new CO2 emission reduction targets, part of the “Fit for 55” package, approved for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The law, which will phase out internal combustion engine cars, was passed on Tuesday with 340 votes in favour, 2022 against and 21 abstentions. This is announced by the European Parliament.

The law requires car manufacturers to pay against 2030 a reduction of 100 percent of the CO2 emissions of new cars sold , making it impossible to sell new fossil fuel vehicles in the 27 EU countries.

Emission-free “This law encourages the production of zero- and low-emission vehicles. It contains an ambitious revision of the targets for 2030 and a zero-emission target for 2035, which is crucial to fight against 2050 climate neutrality reach”, says rapporteur Jan Huitema (VVD).

EU countries reached an agreement with lawmakers last October, but still need to formally approve the rules before they can take effect. Final approval is expected by the European Council in March.

This article previously appeared on sister magazine Automotive.

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