German car manufacturers to miss EU’s climate goals
19 September 2013
Lars Erik Maurud, PA energy expert, is quoted in an article on the German car industry, which is struggling to meet the EU’s energy targets.
The article discusses PA’s recent survey of European carmakers’ green performance, which outlines how they are measuring up against the EU’s emissions targets.
“The goal is that average emissions for a portfolio in the EU should be 95g CO₂ per kilometre by 2020”, says Lars Erik. The article explains that, according to PA’s calculations, Renault, Toyota, Peugeot, Citroën and Fiat will manage this. However, the German giants – such as BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen – will still report average emissions of 100 g CO₂ or more.
The political scene indicates that Germany and France will be competitors during the negotiations around this issue. It is important to remember that one in seven German employees is connected to the car industry. The findings are therefore of vital importance to Germany and Angela Merkel.
The German carmakers’ challenge is that they have a model portfolio which includes heavier cars with larger engines. Manufacturers further south produce smaller cars, which use less petrol.
“Germany has tried to reduce the emissions standard by suggesting that today’s cars should be the basis, the zero-point, and that we should start measuring improvements in per cent. One can see, for instance, that BMW has improved considerably in recent years by phasing out six cylinder motors and replacing them with smaller motors that have turbochargers and much lower emissions”, explains Lars Erik.
Electric cars are an effective way to reduce emissions. The problem is that very few electric cars are sold outside Norway.
Lars Erik says, “The story of electric cars in Norway is indeed like a fairy-tale. In August, six per cent of all new cars sold were EVs. This shows that our incentives are efficient. As the ‘outside country’, it will be interesting in Norway to see what the EU can achieve.
“Those who buy electric cars should be favoured, like they are in Norway, with free parking, free use of toll roads etc. We think the psychology around electric cars is also important. Up to now, their range has been a problem. Cars like the Tesla Model S, which can go 400 to 500 kilometres, may solve this problem.”
You can read the full article here.