Supercar and niche vehicle manufacturers have been given more time to switch to zero-emission powertrains after the EU agreed to push back the end of their special arrangement on CO2 until the end of 2035.
Automakers such as Ferrari, McLaren and Aston Martin could have had to meet tougher limits as early as 2029. Instead, the derogation that allows brands that sell fewer than 10,000 cars or 22,000 vans in the Europe to negotiate specific CO2 targets will last six more years.
The time extension is seen as a concession to Italy, home to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani, after European environment ministers reached a deal on Tuesday to ratify the European Parliament’s vote earlier in June to mandate that vans and cars sold by 2035 had to be zero emission.
Italy had been one of five European countries arguing for an extension to the deadline to 2040.
“As far as niche producers are concerned, the exemption is up to the end of 2035,” Agnes Pannier-Runacher, energy transition minister in France, said in answer to a question at a press conference following the EU agreement.