In fourteen years, there will be no more new cars for sale that run on petrol or diesel.

This is stated in a new climate plan of the European Union.

Why does the EU want this?

And what does the plan mean for people with a petrol or diesel car?

For the time being, little will change for owners of a petrol car.

You can continue to drive there until 2050.

If you want to buy a new car, something will change: they must all be electric from 2035.

The climate plan is an idea of ​​the European Commission

, the government of the EU.

The Dutch politician Frans Timmermans sits on that committee and is one of the main creators of the plan.

He presented the plan in mid-July.

The goal of the climate plan is to combat global warming.

The global temperature is rising because more and more greenhouse gases such as CO2 are released into the air.

All EU countries have agreed that they want to emit more than half the CO2 emissions by 2030 than is currently the case.

By 2050, the EU does not want to emit any CO2 at all.

Frans Timmermans announces the climate plans in Brussels.

Frans Timmermans announces the climate plans in Brussels.

Photo: AFP

According to the EU, cars and vans emit about 15 percent of all CO2 in Europe.

And there are more and more petrol and diesel cars on the road.

More and more electric cars (which do not emit CO2) are also being made, but the EU still believes that this should be done faster.

That is why plans have been made about cars.

From 2035:

  • Manufacturers are no longer allowed to sell new petrol and diesel cars.

    No more hybrid cars.

    They have a petrol or diesel engine and an electric motor.

  • All new cars in a car dealer's showroom will run on electricity.

  • Can you still drive a fuel car?

    You are not obliged to trade in your old car.

  • Can you still buy a used car that runs on petrol or diesel?

From 2050:

  • Petrol cars and diesel cars are no longer allowed on the road in Europe.

  • Is everyone supposed to drive an electric car?

We will see more and more of these types of charging points for electric cars along the road in the coming years.

We will see more and more of these types of charging points for electric cars along the road in the coming years.

Photo: ANP

These are the consequences for your wallet

Refueling is likely to become more expensive in the coming years.

That's because the EU wants the oil industry to pay more for CO2 emissions.

But the latter will (partly) transfer the bill to the driver.

We will notice this at the pump: the price of petrol is going up.

Electric cars are expensive for many people.

Timmermans also says: "Millions of people have never spent more than 1,500 euros on a car."

It is expected that

more affordable second-hand electric cars will come onto the market in

the coming years


It is not yet certain whether the plans will go ahead.

The European Parliament and EU countries have yet to say what they think of the proposals.

The Netherlands wants the same as the EU when it comes to cleaner cars.

Preferably even earlier: our country wants to stop selling new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

Whether those two cars will really be completely banned in the EU in 2050 is therefore not yet certain.

But it is almost certain that this ban will come in the future.

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