Skip to content
Connect
Stories

EU’s vote could be the beginning of the end for combustion engine cars

People in this story

The European Union voted Wednesday to support a proposed ban on the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035. The aggressive step to combat climate change would allow the E.U. to reach its goal of cutting vehicle emissions by 100%.  The vote in Strasbourg, France, also moves forward a key E.U. initiative to reduce all planet-warming emissions by 55% by 2030, according to NBC News. Is it possible to reduce CO2 emissions from new passenger and light commercial vehicles by 100% in just 13 years? After all, that would make it impossible to sell fossil fuel-powered vehicles in Europe.

It’s actually quite feasible, according to Robert Triest, chair and professor of economics at Northeastern. “Electric vehicle technology is there,” he said. “Electric vehicle costs are falling fairly rapidly. And so by 2035 electric vehicles will likely be cheaper than internal combustion engine vehicles even without the subsidies.”

Although the cost to produce an electric vehicle is expected to surge by 22% in the next four years, bringing the cost up to $138 per kilowatt-hour, it’s predicted to steadily decline to as low as $90 per kilowatt-hour through 2031, according to CNBC News

Continue reading at News@Northeastern.

More Stories

11/22/22 - BOSTON, MA. - Stock photo of Patricia Illingworth's new book, Giving Now, Accelerating Human Rights for All, on Nov. 22, 2022.

Human rights should guide all philanthropic giving, says professor

11.29.2022
The Harriet Tubman House Memory Project is one of four Boston Research Center efforts to preserve local history. The Harriet Tubman House, a community center which stood at 566 Columbus Ave, in Boston's South End neighborhood from 1975 to 2020, was demolished in 2019 but lives on through a detailed digital history hub created by the BRC. Northeastern University Library, Archives and Special Collection

Northeastern’s Boston research center creates a new model for preserving local history

11.23.2022
CHEROKEE, NC - MAY 11: A Native American poses for pictures along the highway on May 11, 2018 in Cherokee, North Carolina. Located near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina side of the Appalachian Mountains, and at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the region is home to the Cherokee Nation band of Indians.

Words—and tribal location—matter to citizen of Cherokee Nation

11.30.22
News@Northeastern