Dutch bank, ING, predicts that, by 2035, all new cars sold in Europe will be electric.
The forecast is much more aggressive than most other projections, such as the UK’s National Grid which on Thursday said it expects 90% of new cars in Britain to be electric by 2050.
France’s commitment last week to banning new petrol and diesel car sales by 2040 suggests it also thinks the roll-out of electric vehicles will be slower than ING’s report expects.
However, the bank said that it believed pure electric cars would “become the rational choice for motorists in Europe” sometime between 2017 and 2024, as their car showroom prices fall, their ranges increase and charging infrastructure becomes more widespread.
Another glimpse into the near future is on display across southern Europe this week.
In Greece, the heatwave led the culture ministry to close popular archaeological sites around the country, including the Acropolis in Athens, on Wednesday.
The ministry said all archaeological sites had been closed between 1pm and 5pm, adding the measures would be enacted when the mercury hit 39C. On those days, Greece’s main archaeological attractions will be open from 8am to 1pm and then from 5pm to 8pm.
To cope with the rising temperature municipal authorities in Athens also opened air-conditioned “friendship clubs” for the elderly and infirm. The organisations were being kept open from 8am until 8pm, said Stamatia Leontopoulou a municipal employee.
“A lot of older people who can’t afford to keep their homes cool and are vulnerable have been coming in,” she told the Guardian. “Everyone is saying ‘thank God this heat wave is not as bad as the last one a couple of weeks ago.’”