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Registrations for electric cars increase in January but manufacturers face billions of Euros in fines

PA Consulting’s research on CO2 emissions is featured in an article in Neue Zürcher Zeitung. The article explains that EU targets ​​for car makers' CO2 fleet emissions are changing the new car market.

The article goes on to say new car registrations in the EU as a whole decreased by 7.5% in January compared to the same month the previous year, yet sales of pure electric cars in the five largest European markets – Germany, France, UK, Italy and Spain – have more than doubled and sales of plug-in hybrids more than tripled.

The article draws on PA’s research which found that manufacturers are failing to meet CO2 targets set by the EU. These could lead to up to 14.5 billion Euros in fines for the 13 leading car manufacturers in Europe, affecting the profitability of some car makers. Volkswagen could face a fine of up to 4.5 billion Euros due to its high sales volumes in Europe.

It sets out the view of Michael Schweikl, automotive expert at PA Consulting, that there are still opportunities for manufacturers to reduce emissions and minimise future penalties, using options such as discounts for electric cars and plug-in hybrids or the development of services to increase low-emission vehicle use. In total, car makers in Europe would have to sell 2.5 million additional electric vehicles to achieve their goals, corresponding to an increase in sales of 1,300% by 2021.

Read the full article in German in Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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