The European Union (EU) has given a 2040 mandate on all car brands to go full electric. This is to reduce their carbon footprint and lower harmful gases to our environment. This also aims to make the brands think of their sustainability and help progress our vehicle technologies further towards a greener industry. 

The 2040 deadline applies to high-volume car brands like Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, and the like. Low-producing manufacturers were given a 2030 cut-off and were said to be fully electric by then. According to an Automotive News report, the 2030 date was given an extension of five years. 

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Low-production car brands like Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, and other high-end luxury car marques can now breathe a sigh of relief as they get five more years to hit their CO2 targets. This will give them more time to do research and development.

These smaller car companies don’t have the backing of the bigger brands, this, in turn, puts them at a disadvantage. Previously, Italy lobbied against the EU's ban on internal combustion. They stated that battery development was one of the biggest reasons these small-volume firms had to fine-tune their supercars. 

Some supercar manufacturers have plug-in hybrids in their line up while others are coming out with their own versions in the next couple of years. These are exciting times we live in and going green while still achieving that high from going fast may be attainable soon.