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Welcome to Europe in 2035: Electric Taxis and Hydrogen Boilers

From community solar panels to green steel, we imagine what life might look like if the EU Commission’s ambitious climate overhaul actually comes to pass.


It’s just after 5 p.m. on Friday in late July 2035.  You’re driving home from work in your electric car. It’s peaceful — more cars than ever run on a quiet battery, too.

It was a good week. You’re two months into an apprenticeship program learning how to maintain wind turbines. Things were pretty rough for a few years after the factory where you used to make parts for internal combustion engines laid you off because the government banned new fossil fueled cars. But now you’ve joined a scheme that helps people find jobs in green industries.