EU decides to extend the sales window for internal combustion engine vehicles to 2035
In its proposed ban on the sale of new combustion engine cars starting in 2035, the European Union has agreed to include an exception for synthetic fuels. According to the Associated Press, the group reached an agreement with Germany on Saturday to let automakers to sell new ICE cars after 2035, provided that those automobiles only use fuels that are climate-neutral. The settlement resolves a disagreement that had the potential to derail the EU’s flagship climate change strategy. The European Parliament postponed a vote that would have formalised the proposed prohibition at the beginning of March after Germany, with the support of the auto industry, stated that it would not support the mandate without a waiver for synthetic fuels.