Sweeping legislation means more chargers
Would also keep existing non ZEV models off the road
The latest country to pass a clean energy bill that puts an end date on the automobile as we know it is Spain. The country’s parliament approved a bill yesterday that would stop CO2-emitting vehicle sales by 2040 and stop their circulation a decade later.
“For the planet, for our future and for the next generations. From today, Spain has a climate law on which to build a green, sustainable, fair and prosperous future for all,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted after the vote, reports Euractiv News.
It’s a target to let the country meet the EU’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, and comes with a target for the country to hit 23 percent fewer carbon emissions compared with 1990 levels by 2030.
The country’s energy minister, Teresa Ribera, said that the country was behind the curve, saying that the law should have been put in place 10 years ago, while Greenpeace, Euractiv reports, said that the new bill didn’t go far enough to meet Paris climate accord goals.
The new law would ban CO2-emitting emitting cars, and the report says it would ban the circulation of them which seems to stop the trade or use of existing fossil fuel vehicles. It also said that all Spanish towns and cities would need to have a low-emissions zone in the downtown parts, banning those emitting vehicles from those areas by 2023 and encouraging alternate and cleaner transport. It would also require all high-volume gas and diesel stations to have at least one EV charging station for each gas pump.