The automotive industry is critical of proposals for a reduction in emissions

Unrealistic

The EU’s plans for the conversion to emission-free vehicles are unrealistic. This according to the automotive industry’s European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (Acea).

The statement was made after the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment proposed reducing emissions from passenger cars and vans by at least 45 percent by 2030.

The extremely strict reductions that have been decided are completely unrealistic, as they would require a sudden shift to electric vehicles. The conditions for this seismic shift do not exist, and customers are not yet ready to switch to full-electric vehicles, says Acea’s Secretary General Erik Jonnaert.

At the same time, several of the member companies, including BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo, are preparing for the future by developing new electric car models.

Erik Jonnaert has not missed out on this:

We are determined to work for emissions-free transport, but that change must be done at a manageable rate.

Market and demand tells a different story

The developments in the passenger car market in several countries speak against Acea’s analysis, who claims that people are not yet ready. The economic benefits for electric car owners in Norway, and the introduction of the bonus system in Sweden shows that it is rather a cost issue.

The Swedish industry organization, Power Circle has certainly reduced its forecast for the number of rechargeable cars on the country’s roads at the end of the year, but this is largely because manufacturers cannot meet the demand for electric cars.

At the same time, another bottleneck in production – the availability of batteries – seems to be less of a problem for European car manufacturers, as there are plans for several major battery plants in Europe.

Source: Elbilen i Sverige

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