Stringent climate goals will require big changes
Electric cars make up a tiny percentage of the global car market, but that will have to change soon. Automakers must stop selling gas-powered cars by 2035 to achieve climate goals established at the Paris summit last year, reports Reuters.
World leaders came together last December to limit temperature increases to “well below” 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit over the pre-industrial era, and they have been working on an even stricter limit of 2.7 degrees. To achieve this more stringent goal, sales of gasoline and diesel cars must cease by “roughly 2035,” the Climate Action Tracker concluded in a new study. And 2050 should mark the end of the gasoline car altogether, with the last fossil fuel cars being phased out of operation.
Along with putting more clean vehicles on the road, the climate monitoring group says companies will need to focus on generating electricity without power based on fossil fuels. Unfortunately, many automakers aren’t prepared to give up on gasoline so quickly. Toyota has vowed to cut emissions by only 90 percent by 2050, for example. Meanwhile, electric vehicles still face plenty of challenges before they become mainstream.
“Electric vehicles are still more expensive to purchase than other cars, and policy projections still only see a share of around 5 percent of electric vehicles in the total European Union, China, and North America fleets by 2030,” the CAT said in its report. Meanwhile, Norway is ahead of the game, with plug-in vehicles making up about a quarter of the auto sales in that country.