I have mixed feelings about the EU’s decision to ban the sale of new cars powered by an internal combustion engine in some way from 2035 onwards (except for manufacturers with an annual output of <1,000 cars). My head thinks it’s too late (because the effects of climate change would almost certainly be even worse than they are now), and my heart thinks it’s too soon (because EV technology and infrastructure is not yet mature).
In any case, this landmark decision has not yet been reciprocated in other major markets, such as Australia and North America, nor does it address the elephant in the room of the sheer number of internal combustion-powered cars (and other vehicles) that will still be in use by 2035 (and even for decades afterward). That’s why efforts are underway to develop synthetic fuel just to ensure that they can remain in use for a long time to come, as the next article shows:
The one major caveat is that governments could close this loophole by making it completely illegal to use an internal combustion-powered car on any public road, or even to own one at all, and this could be extended to cover all civilian transport (not just road vehicles) - surely the most short-sighted decision imaginable (even more so than a complete ban on the sale of new ICE cars) considering the lack of EV infrastructure even in more developed countries and the limited resources available to build and support them. But I hope this dystopian scenario never comes to pass, and in that case, a synthetic fuel boom could actually be more beneficial for the environment than any of us expected.
What do you think about this decision? Are you in favor of it, against it, or both, and why? Please let me know.