There is an exception for small volume car manufacturers to meet European emission regulations.
As part of the "Fit for 55" negotiations, the EU not only decided to end combustion engines de facto, but also extended the deadline for small series manufacturers. A corresponding change now allows the reduction of CO2 emissions by 2035 and no longer by 2030 as originally planned. Here a reduction in CO2 emissions of 55 percent compared to 1990 comes into force.
Small series manufacturers without CO2 specifications
The change in deadline affects manufacturers who sell fewer than 10,000 cars or 22,000 light commercial vehicles per calendar year in Europe. Car manufacturers with fewer than 1,000 models per year are generally excluded. The amendment reads as follows:
"In view of the higher overall greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and to avoid potential market-distorting effects, the reduction requirements for all manufacturers present on the Union market should be aligned, except for those that are used for fewer than 1,000 in a calendar year registered vehicles are responsible. Consequently, manufacturers responsible for 1,000 to 10,000 passenger cars or 1,000 to 22,000 light commercial vehicles newly registered in a calendar year should no longer be able to request a derogation from their specific emissions targets from 2036 onwards."
Concessions to Italy
This decision is considered a concession to Italy, which was already promoting this exemption from small series manufacturers months before the "Fit for 55" negotiations and originally wanted to push through an extension until 2040. Last but not least, the current Italian Environment Minister Roberto Cingolani and former non-executive director at Ferrari explained that the changeover is a challenge for Ferrari and Co., since the companies are said to be hardly able to use economies of scale.
The extension of the deadline is also seen as a success for the European Small Volume Car Manufacturers Alliance (ESCA), in which McLaren, Aston Martin, Pagani, Bugatti, Ineos, Rimac, Koenigsegg, but also Wiesmann, Alpina and Donckervoort are represented . ESCA argues that these low-volume manufacturers build vehicles that have a significantly longer lifecycle and, due to the small volumes, have a limited impact on emissions than a high-volume manufacturer.
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Lamborghini has already announced that it will reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2025 and completely hybridize the model range by 2024. After 2025, the first electric model will be a Gran Turismo. Ferrari's first electric model will also come onto the market in 2025.
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The smallest and small series manufacturers can take a little more time to reach the CO2 limits. The extension of the deadline from 2030 to 2035 is considered a success by Italy and the lobby association ESCA. The conversion for Ferrari and Co. is a challenge, since the companies are said to be unable to use any economies of scale. Of course, this argument is a bit lame when you consider that Bugatti or Lamborghini and Ferrari are parts of large corporations.