Car makers have agreed to end petrol and diesel engine production throughout Europe by 2035.
But they say tough emissions targets can be met only if there is a concerted Governments’ drive to strengthen the vehicle recharging network.
Following the EU deal on CO2 targets for cars and vans, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association urged European policy makers to shift into higher gear to deploy the enabling conditions for zero-emission mobility.
The agreement between representatives of the European Commission, Parliament and Council will see CO2 emissions from cars and vans reduced by 100% by 2035, in effect banning the sale of traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.
“This extremely far-reaching decision is without precedent,” stated Oliver Zipse, ACEA President and CEO of BMW. “It means that the European Union will now be the first and only world region to go all-electric.”
Make no mistake, the European automobile industry is up to the challenge of providing these zero-emission cars and vans,” said Mr Zipse.
“However, we are now keen to see the framework conditions which are essential to meet this target reflected in EU policies. These include an abundance of renewable energy, a seamless private and public charging infrastructure network, and access to raw materials.”