What does this mean for drivers?

What does this mean for drivers?


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The EU agrees: the future belongs to the electric car, diesel and petrol engines are obsolete. However, users and drivers can react calmly to the turning point.

From 2035, new passenger cars registered within the European Union should no longer be allowed to emit harmful exhaust gases. The agreement, which was finally reached at the end of October, amounts to a ban on cars with internal combustion engines. But what does that mean for drivers and consumers in concrete terms? And how should one respond to the project now and in the future?

EU bans combustion engines from 2035: what does that mean for drivers?

Is the goal of zero emissions by 2035 a done deal? The most important obstacles in the way of legislation have been removed. At the end of October, negotiations between member states and the EU Parliament agreed on a parallel principle, the entry into force of which is therefore considered certain. Before being published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the European Union still have to formally adopt the new regulation. However, rejection or possible restriction by individual member states is not expected. Based on the October agreement, a ban on the registration of combustion engines from 2035 will come with a probability bordering on certainty. Even if the European Union Commission took a neutral stance when it comes to choosing technologies to achieve zero emissions, the future of the car will be in electric drives.

Combustion engines will no longer be allowed to be re-registered in the European Union from 2035. © Kirchner-Media/Imago

What are the key points of the coming regulation? In order for the EU to be climate neutral by 2050, according to the main objective, CO2 consuming sectors such as transport must contribute to this climate protection step. Especially for cars and light commercial vehicles up to 3.5 tons, the first step is to reduce CO2 fleet emissions by 15% by 2025 compared to the level of 2021. Five years later it should be already 50% in the commercial vehicle sector and 55 % in the passenger car sector. From 2030, manufacturers will no longer be able to count the higher credits provided through the sale of zero-emission vehicles when calculating their fleet targets. The final reduction to zero is then planned for 2035. From this time, vehicles registered for the first time will no longer be allowed to emit CO2. After the decisions at the end of October, this regulation will be reviewed again in 2026. There is also one in the regulations Request to the European Union Commission to review the use of so-called e-fuels. If this synthetic fuel is produced using green electricity, it burns CO2-neutrally, but it is not free of environmental pollution. Another loophole for combustion engines: there should be an exception for small series manufacturers.

EU bans combustion engines from 2035: Only new registrations are affected

Does zero CO2 emissions automatically mean banning combustion engines? Most likely yes, but as already indicated, there may be differences. Cars with internal combustion engines will still be able to be on the road in large numbers after 2035, because the goal of zero emissions only affects the new car business. However, new vehicles with internal combustion engines could also be considered in the European Union after 2035, provided they are used in private property and are not registered. Finally, the possible use of airless electric motors and hydrogen combustion engines could still give the combustion engine a possibility, but at present the future is not clearly guaranteed.

Is it still a good idea to buy a new car with an internal combustion engine? Who from gasoline, diesel or hybrid, there will initially be a range of new corresponding vehicles, which, however, will be significantly reduced by 2035. Like those already registered, passenger cars with combustion engines that will be re-registered in the next few years will also be protected beyond 2035. Regulation of zero emissions, which will come into force from 2035, therefore only affects new registrations. So if you invest in a new combustion engine by 2034, you don’t have to worry about writing off this investment as a net loss in the following year. Trade and transfer of ownership of used cars that emit CO2 will remain possible after 2035. However, it cannot be determined that – if possible before 2035 – a regional ban on driving cars with combustion engines will be imposed, which will make domestic use more difficult or impossible .

The EU bans combustion engines from 2035: will e-fuels be an alternative to fossil fuels?

Love E oil the best alternative to gasoline and gasoline-based diesel? It is undeniable that electric energy will play an important role in the decarbonization of society. However, given the current situation, it is unlikely that they will do this in private cars.

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There, the highest overall efficiency speaks for the battery electric car. As long as electricity from renewable sources is scarce, e-fuels in cars will compete with other consumers of electricity – not only in industry and households, but also in other modes of transportation. In addition, electronic fuel will become a source of energy for expensive consumers.

The EU bans combustion engines from 2035: does it make sense to change now?

Should I buy an electric car now, or should I wait? Anyone who decides to back a Stromer today is future proof and also comparatively environmentally friendly down the road. they are still there electric cars They are generally more expensive to buy than comparable models with combustion engines, but they often already have an advantage when it comes to TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). When considering the total cost, according to ADAC calculation (as of October 2022), some, but not all, e-cars are cheaper. In most cases, the difference is not important however.

An electric car at a charging station
Despite the high price, switching to an electric car can make sense today. (Photograph) © UJ Alexander/Imago

In recent years, many improvements have been made in electric vehicle technology and charging infrastructure. Fear of the current range and models is no longer an issue, at least in Germany. However, in the coming years, long-range electric vehicles may come to market perhaps at lower prices. In many cases, it can therefore be advised to continue using a car with a combustion engine for a few more years before switching to an electric car which is better than the current state of the art and also probably more economical and cheaper to buy. Speaking of affordable purchases: In the coming years, the variety and selection of used e-cars will increase significantly.

EU bans combustion engines from 2035: Does it make sense to have your wall box?

Should I invest in my charging infrastructure now? If you want to use a battery-electric car, you can benefit from having your own wall box in the garage, for example. As a rule, now traction here is cheaper than at public charging stations, and the electric car can be easily charged overnight in the garage at home so that it is ready in the morning with a fully charged battery. Nowadays, it is also possible to do without the option of private payment, because in many places there is already a well-developed public payment infrastructure. Hyperchargers can now be found in supermarket parking lots, for example. In most cases, adding fuel once at the time of purchase can already cover the electricity needs for a week. Since the installation of electricity and wall box it can swallow even a few hundred to several thousand euros, it is recommended in some cases to do without a personal payment section.

Having your own smart wall box is financially attractive, especially with a solar system and an electric car with dual charging technology. In this way, the electric current can be refueled at no cost and the electric car can be used as a buffer so that the household can distribute the solar energy stored during the day during the night. With such a setup, the investment in a solar system, wall box and electric drive can quickly pay for itself.

The EU bans combustion engines from 2035: filling stations should offer payment options

Will there be a suitable public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in the future? The number of electric vehicles in EU countries will increase significantly in the next few years. So the EU Parliament wants more charging stations for electric cars. By 2026, there should be an electric vehicle station every 60 kilometers of road across Europe.

Germany is also pursuing ambitious plans for rapid expansion. One from the federal government The payment infrastructure master plan was presented in October 2022 provides for 68 individual steps. Among other things, the petroleum industry is requested that in two years 50 and two years later 75 percent of gas stations offer quick sockets. (Mario Hommen/SP-X)