Supercars grappling with EU ban on combustion auto sales

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In 2035, buying a new car in the European Union will be a little different than it is today. For starters, your options will be all-electric – a new initiative is planned to stop the sale of all new combustion engine cars by then. As The Guardian Underlined in a new article on the upcoming changes in the car industry in Europe, this will result in a similar change in car sales in the UK.

That same article, by Rupert Neate, ventures into one of the lingering questions of the EU plan: what will it mean for automakers involved in producing supercars?

It might be worth making it clear from the start that some automakers have pushed back against the EU rule. Italy initially requested an exemption for Ferrari and Lamborghini, leading Porsche’s CEO to defend the comprehensive nature of the combustion engine ban. Eventually, Italy acquiesced.

As Neate points out, the lack of electrification so far in the supercar space is alarming. “[N]one of the 22,000 cars classed as supercars or luxury GTs (grand tourers) sold last year was fully electric,” he wrote – raising the question of when the change will come.

That’s not to say that the automakers in question can’t do it – The Guardian cites upcoming cars from Ferrari and Tesla – but the window is shrinking. This is a question worth revisiting as we approach 2035.

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