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European carmakers fail to meet EU’s CO₂ emission demands

Søren springborg | energiwatch | 29 april 2015

PA transport expert, Thomas Goettle, is quoted in Energiwatch about why European carmakers will not be able to meet the EU’s CO₂ targets before 2021. According to Thomas, only five out of 13 carmakers will meet EU demands – and producing more electric vehicles (EVs) will not be the answer to the problem.

Thomas says: “EVs are not a success in Europe. Norway is the leading market, where EVs account for about six per cent of the overall car fleet, while in Germany, EVs only account for 0.2 per cent of the total car fleet. In other words, EVs will not ensure a reduction of CO₂ emissions. Consumers have not embraced this new technology and low petrol prices have increased their interest in cars with larger engines.”

According to Thomas, plug-in hybrid cars will help carmakers such as BMW, Daimler and VW hit EU’s targets and meet consumers’ demands for cars with larger engines.

If carmakers fail to meet EU demands before 2021, they risk receiving heavy fines. However, there are other reasons why carmakers increase their production of plug-in hybrid cars.

“None of the large, German carmakers seem to be able to meet EU’s demands of 95 gram CO₂ per kilometre before 2021. But I’m sure German carmakers will increase their focus on plug-hybrid cars from 2018. As premium brands, German carmakers need to be at the forefront when it comes to technology, and it would damage their brands severely, if they fail to meet the existing EU rules. Fines will not boost the technological development but the negative impact on brand image,” says Thomas. 

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