Britain faces a multi-million pound EU fine for failing to act over diesel-gate and high NO2 emissions.
The UK and five other EU member states must pay fines and on-going penalties for breaches of air quality, revealed T&E.
It was adjudged breaking NO2 limits and allowing car makers to get away with selling illegally polluting cars, while others states did the same or were found with high levels of harmful particulates.
EU regulators say the countries concerned were protecting their home car-makers from higher engineering costs to meet tougher limits.
The strategic action plan on batteries by the European Commission is key to decarbonising transport in the EU and puts sustainably and responsibly sourced batteries at the heart of that transition, said Transport & Environment body.
The environmental group added that swiftly implementing this strategy will help Europe benefit from a market worth up to €250 billion a year that so far has been left to manufacturers in China and other regions.
The need for a “sustainable battery supply chain” to underpin a clean and safe energy revolution has been prioritised under the Commission plan. However, manufacturers seeking to invest in the European supply chain need to be confident about the size of the electric vehicle market – which can only be provided by ambitious sales targets for electric vehicles for 2025 (part of the post-2020 Car CO2 standards currently being discussed) that would push carmakers to produce and sell EVs in Europe in the next decade.
Julia Poliscanova, clean vehicles and air quality manager at T&E, (right) said, “The battery strategy is welcome but we also have to remember gigafactories don’t get built on promises alone. EU lawmakers have an opportunity to provide real investment certainty by introducing a target for EV sales underpinned by a bonus-malus scheme. If we get the CO2 regulation for cars right, the EU will be in a good position to reap the benefits of the battery revolution and compete globally by focusing on high-quality, safe and green batteries.”