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Filling up car with petrol Spain Commits To Zero Emission Vehicles By 2040 Spain News

An agreement was reached at the recent COP26 Climate Change Summit in Scotland, which means all vehicles sold from 2040 will be fully electric, producing zero emissions.

Led by the United Kingdom, thirty countries and six major car manufacturers have vowed to cease the production of petrol and diesel vehicles, as well as hybrid and liquefied cars by the year 2040, in order to drastically reduce greenhouse gases.

The vehicle manufacturers who have committed to stop producing and selling this type of vehicle by 2040 are BYD, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

The objective of this agreement, which at this present time isn’t binding, is to cease selling any vehicle that emits CO2 gases from 2040. However in the main automotive market that date is expected to be a couple of years on either side of 2035.

Spain, France and Germany were the three countries, out of 27 EU member states, who did not sign the agreement. They were joined by China, Japan and the United States who also declined.

Spain refused to join in the signing of this agreement, with Spanish representatives claiming to “have the job done” in this respect. The approval of the Climate Change Law was announced a few months ago and stated that these types of vehicles with greenhouse gas emissions should cease to be produced and marketed in Spain as of the year 2040.

Spain may also be waiting for the European Commission to pass a bill that will stop the sale of polluting vehicles by 2035, which was presented in a draft proposal last June.

So what happens if you buy a petrol diesel car after 2030?

Well, the answer is, you can still drive it. The restrictions in both the new climate agreement and in the law already approved in Spain, only apply to manufacturers and car dealerships.

Anyone who owns or drives a petrol or diesel vehicle will be allowed to continue using it until the car reaches the end of its life.

Bearing in mind that the ‘useful life of a vehicle’ is said to be, on average 10 years, these manufacturing restrictions will allow the objectives of the European Union to be met.

The EU is demanding that all vehicles circulating in the European Union by 2050, must be zero-emissions.