(Bloomberg) -- European Union countries endorsed a push to eliminate carbon emissions from new cars by 2035, effectively heralding the end of the era of the internal combustion engine.
Environment ministers struck a deal on the proposal after Italy, home to Ferrari NV and Lamborghini, gave up demands for a five-year delay in the EU’s plan for automakers to clean up their fleet. Minister Roberto Cingolani told his counterparts earlier on Tuesday he was “satisfied” with a compromise proposed by Germany that could enable the use of green fuels after 2035.
The agreement defines member states’ negotiating stance for further talks with the EU Parliament and the European Commission on the final shape of the bloc’s so-called Fit for 55 landmark emissions-reduction package. But with EU lawmakers already in favor of giving up fossil fuels in the auto industry, it’s highly likely that most car companies will have to shift to producing electric models in little more than a decade.
Italy had sought a 90% reduction in carmakers’ emissions by 2035, the year that the European Commission has targeted a full cut. Along with Bulgaria, Slovakia, Portugal and Romania, Italy called for an exemption for niche manufacturers, such as Ferrari, until at least 2036, from 2029 proposed by the commission.
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In an attempt to enable a compromise, Germany proposed adding in a non-binding part of the car emissions law that calls on the commission to propose registering vehicles running exclusively on carbon-neutral fuels after 2035.
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