European Car Industry At Risk In Race For Zero Emissions Says Trade Body

Mon 1st Oct 2018

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has warned that tougher CO2 targets may cause long-term harm to the motoring industry.

The ACEA, which represents 15 of the major European manufacturers, including the big-hitters such as BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volvo, is urging members of the European Parliament to consider the consequences ahead of a key vote this week. The EU is debating the future of CO2 targets for cars and ACEA is pointing out that pure-electric vehicles require less manufacturing labour as they have fewer moving parts, and therefore could hit the industry and indirectly the economy of all European nations.

Erik Jonnaert, ACEA Secretary General said: “Our industry is committed to making the shift to zero-emission vehicles, but this transition should be assured in a gradual, rather than an abrupt way.

“The more aggressive the CO2 reduction targets are, the more disruptive the socio-economic impacts will be, especially in member states and regions where the sector’s share of industrial output is high.”

He added: “We are calling on MEPs to be aware of the possible unintended implications of their vote. Reducing CO2 emissions from the transport sector is of course crucial – as is affordable mobility for consumers and the long-term viability of the European automotive sector.”

Despite demand for greener cars growing, plug-in vehicles represented just 1.5% of all car sales in the EU in 2017. The UK is ahead of the curve when it comes to plug-in cars, with 8% of the market made up of the plug-in or hybrid registrations.