The European Parliament has approved a law that prevents the sale of petrol or diesel cars from 2035, but has not blocked circulation.

Really important news in the Automotive sector, within a European horizon. A few hours ago the European Parliament met and established that from 2035 we will be able to continue to use cars with internal combustion engines.

On the other hand, the sale of cars with thermal engines, i.e. petrol and diesel, will be blocked. Therefore, the great worries of the vast majority of people about having to buy a new car imminently close to 2035 disappear.

A progressive decrease in the presence of petrol and diesel cars in the price lists of the various car manufacturers is therefore expected, but they will certainly not disappear completely before that date.

So there are still 12 years to be able to buy a petrol or diesel car, before saying goodbye definitively.

The ecological transition is accelerating and in the meantime to be able to use the new solid-state batteries, the European Parliament has decided to put a definitive line on this area.

There are obviously exceptions, especially for luxury cars. From 2035, manufacturers that create less than a thousand units a year will be able to continue producing thermal cars.

We are talking, for example, of super luxury cars, which therefore go to be protected and safeguarded in this case.

In the event that the company creates a number of cars between 1,000 and 10,000 cars, the deadline is postponed by 12 months and extended to 31 December 2035.

Still within the norm, there is also the possibility that cars with thermal and hybrid engines will continue to be produced, provided that there are zero emissions. This is the perfect case for all cars powered by sustainable fuel, such as hydrogen for example.

As far as used cars are concerned, however, it will still be possible to sell cars after that date: the second-hand market is therefore not blocked. There will be no constraints on this aspect, even if obviously the number of internal combustion vehicles will gradually decrease.

There will therefore be an inevitable depreciation of the commercial values of thermal means.
This decision is now at the center of the working and discussion tables of the various European governments. State incentives have arrived in almost all European states, but there are still 12 years left for this complete transition.

Many point the finger at the electric columns, especially the fast ones that need to be widespread within the European Community. In fact, it is useless to go and create such a strong decision, such as stopping the sale of thermal cars, without a definitive energy support infrastructure.

The discourse linked to jobs is also interesting. In fact, our beautiful country has an important district linked to the production of components for heat engines, and this must certainly be protected and considered by the Italian Government.

The Ministry of Labor and the Economy are already working in these hours to try to understand how to deal with this problem at European level, but also at Italian level. In fact, a very clear schedule is needed to gradually convert all the districts that currently produce components, such as mufflers or other parts that will not be used in electric cars.

To tell the truth, the date of 2035 might seem very distant, but for an industry that needs to convert and progressively shape an entire production phase, it certainly isn't.

Let's not forget the entire employee training process, about new technologies. In 12 years, however, opportunities may arise in new university faculties, even more specialized in electric motors.

However, many entrepreneurs say that twelve years are unrealistic times, and that there is a real risk of creating a collapse of the labor market, with hundreds of thousands of redundancies, which could hardly be reconverted quickly.

This problem must be considered as much as possible by the Italian Government. The latter must also try to develop a national plan for the remodeling of mobility.

Reducing the number of cars on the road, with incentives for public or alternative transport, could be an interesting job to develop. Let's think, for example, of micromobility, which can pass through electric scooters, but also bicycles and scooters.

To create all this, however, it is necessary to use rare materials, i.e. the famous rare earths, which are mainly owned by China. This is why the European Union should meet to concretely discuss how to deal with sustainable mobility and the ecological transition, without having to depend strictly and solely on the Chinese giant. The latter could easily define and dictate the worldwide price of these materials, fundamental to the ecological tradition.

Thinking of a green future without emissions, also by virtue of global warming is something excellent and urgent, but it must in any case be developed within a plan that is as current and concrete as possible ... and above all sustainable, not only from an environmental point of view, but also in terms of employment and production.

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