As the European Union imposes a complete ban on internal combustion engines, Currently set for 2035., Some countries are fighting back. One of them is Italy, which is probably not surprising as it is home to some of the more car manufacturers.
According to Bloomberg TVItaly’s Environment Minister Roberto Singulani is seeking a waiver of the proposed ban, at least temporarily.
“These cars need very special technology and they need batteries for transportation,” said Singulani. “An important step is that Italy becomes independent in producing high-performance batteries, which is why we are now launching the Giga Factory program to install a large-scale production facility for batteries in Italy. “
Italy is still in favor of phasing out combustion engines as a general rule, but Singulani said talks were under way with the European Commission on whether the new rules would apply to carmakers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. There will be those who sell very few cars. Mainstream makers
He added that the number of vehicles affected by the rebate would represent a segment of the market in the millions.
Of course, it’s easy to put some blame on the feet of Ferrari and Lamborghini, as well as small builders like Pagani, none of whom have a full electric car on the market and In general, the adoption of electrification has been slow.
It is worth mentioning that Singulani is a former non-executive director of Ferrari.
Prince Horse will launch its first battery-powered car in 2025, with Lamborghini lagging behind With a “before 2030” date. However, both brands will offer more hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in the meantime.
Italy is not the only country that opposes the 2035 ban. France is resisting the European Union. Effectively ending sales of combustion engine cars by 2035, instead asking for a more flexible target for the end of the decade, longer for plug-in hybrid models.