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New Study Highlights Lack of Progress on Infrastructure & Incentives for Alternatively-Powered Cars

Auto News - Published on Mon, 16 Sep 2019

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At the start of a new EU political term, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association is urgently calling for a comprehensive plan to enable the transition to zero-emission mobility in Europe. This should include a major ramp-up of charging and refuelling infrastructure, as well as meaningful purchase incentives to stimulate sales, helping to achieve the goals set by the EU. At the Frankfurt Motor Show, ACEA launched the first edition of its annual report on the key ‘enabling factors’ for stronger consumer acceptance of electric and other alternatively-powered cars in the EU. If the extremely ambitious 2025 and 2030 CO2 targets set by the EU are to be achieved, sales of such vehicles will have to pick up rapidly.

The aim of ACEA’s report is therefore to track progress on the availability of infrastructure and incentives (such as bonus payments and premiums) ahead of the ‘mid-term review’ of the CO2 targets, to be conducted by the European Commission in 2023.

Mr Carlos Tavares, ACEA President and Chairman of the Board of PSA Group said that “Our industry is eager to move as fast as possible towards zero-emission mobility. But this transition is a shared responsibility. It requires a 360 degrees approach.” He added that “From our side, we are offering an ever-growing choice of alternatively-powered cars to our customers. In parallel, governments across the EU need to match the increasing pace at which we are launching these cars by dramatically stepping up investments in infrastructure. Moreover, they also have to put in place sustainable purchase incentives that are consistent across the EU.”

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Mon, 16 Sep 2019
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