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Climate Change

EU Green Deal seeks to force shift to electric vehicles in 2035

Ambitious emissions plan also targets steel and cement with carbon border tax

A charging station in Ruesselsheim, Germany: A European Union proposal would in effect ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars in 2035.   © Reuters

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT -- Automakers from East Asia to Southeast Asia to North America are watching as the European Union seeks a de facto ban on sales of all new vehicles with internal combustion engines, including hybrids, by 2035, under a sweeping plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

The European Commission's European Green Deal also calls for a carbon border adjustment mechanism -- a tariff on products such as steel and cement from countries with looser environmental regulations -- that would affect Asian and other suppliers that export to the EU.

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