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EU Nears Combustion Car Era’s End as Italy May Drop Opposition

  • German compromise allays Italy’s concerns over car emissions
  • EU nations seek deal on package to reach stricter climate goal
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The end of the combustion engine era is getting closer in the European Union after Italy signaled it may accept a compromise deal to phase out new cars running on fossil fuels by the middle of the next decade.

Italy, home to Ferrari NV and Lamborghini, indicated during a meeting of energy ministers on Tuesday it may give up its push for a five-year delay in the EU’s plan for automakers to eliminate greenhouse gases from the vehicles they sell. Energy Minister Roberto Cingolani said he was “satisfied” with a compromise proposed by Germany that could enable the use of green fuels after 2035.