Spanish carmakers blast 2040 diesel and petrol ban

Representatives of Spain’s vehicle manufacturing sector have attacked government plans, announced on Tuesday, to ban the sale of CO2-emitting cars and light commercial vehicles from 2040

Representatives of Spain’s vehicle manufacturing sector have attacked government plans, announced on Tuesday, to ban the sale of CO2-emitting cars and light commercial vehicles from 2040, as part of a new climate change and ecological transition law.

The sector, which comprises 17 vehicle manufacturing plants and produced 2.85 million vehicles in 2017, is the second largest in the EU.

ANFAC, the manufacturers’ lobby group, described the measure as “excessive in its objectives and accelerated in its timetable” and warned that, if introduced, it would “have severe impacts on the fabric of the automotive industry which accounts for 10% of Spain’s GDP”.

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