Copenhagen climate summit has been completed, and has forged an ambitious agreement in which all countries of the world agree to perform the necessary actions so that the global warming is limited to 2 degrees – above historical averages – in this century. A historic agreement which I recommend you to read a synopsis in this Wired article. One of the side agreements has been the initiative ZEV: four countries and part of two others have committed to prohibit the sale of vehicles from internal combustion to 2050.
In only 35 years, hundreds of millions of people may not even purchase a vehicle from an internal combustion engine.
The Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI), is an initiative of the International Energy Agency, of which 16 countries are members, including our country, Spain. The initiative ZEV (Zero Emission Vehichle) is part of [the19459006]EVI, and is the one that has taken the decision to ban sales of vehicles powered by fossil fuels to 2050. Estimate that 80% of the market will be comprised of electric, hybrid or fuel cell cars by 2050, and want to speed up this process of energy transition.
The agreement has been ratified by the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom in Europe. The Netherlands and Norway are very small countries, but the United Kingdom and Germany concentrated between the two for almost half of all vehicles sold in the European Union. Germany is the largest manufacturer of vehicles in Europe. Little joke, in a nutshell. Outside of Europe, the province of Quebec in Canada – dyes markedly separatists – has signed this agreement, as well as 8 important states of the U.S.
What have been the keys of this agreement by the climate, ratified in Copenhagen? You what we have here.
states of New York, California, Maryland, Oregon, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont – in global computing, with a population of almost 81 million people. The agreement is a commitment, a declaration of intent without a legal basis 100% short. That is to say, that could change or be reversed somehow. But what is certain is that it is an agreement – that more countries may join – that brand’s clear intentions by a mobility of zero emissions in a good part of the “first world”.
What will happen with the cars internal combustion already existing?
The agreement provides that it may not be selling new cars powered by fossil fuels. Interestingly, this will also affect the hybrids, although the agreement was not clear if it will affect the electric extended-range, which use a gasoline engine to increase their autonomy. how it Will be possible to circulate with cars “prehistoric”? of course, but I’m sure that the tax burden of these vehicles will increase, as well as the restrictions on their use, deterring their use.
Only some cars of enjoy would survive beyond 2050, limited to circuits or specific days. Maybe even limited geographically: there will be rural areas in which will surely follow allowing. But the bulk of the mobility – especially urban areas – will have to have zero emissions. Petrolheads, we have to move to the field, it seems to me. All in all, even though it is a statement of intent, the offer of the manufacturers of automobiles each time tends more to this new model of mobility.