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PA automotive expert, Thomas Goettle, has been quoted in a TV programme in ARD 'Story im Ersten' discussing the progress being made by the top carmakers in Europe to meet EU carbon emissions targets.
The story draws on PA’s research that predicts some German manufacturers will not meet EU requirements coming into force in 2021. This includes the overall EU target of 95g CO₂/km as well as the specific targets set for each carmakers' business (based on their fleet portfolio and average vehicle weight).
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Amongst the carmarkers facing penalties are also Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford and General Motors – with BMW expecting fines of around 100 million euros and VW over 1 billion euros.
Thomas Goettle says: “Manufacturers need to focus on reducing the weight of their vehicles as well as creating smaller and more hybrid and electric cars. While electric vehicles have sold well in Norway this trend has not replicated in Germany, so strong push for hybrid and electric cars is a necessary option for manufacturers that are struggling to meet targets.”