Electromobile Eurocommunism


The European Commission, which is the Government of the European Union, recently voiced the plans, according to which by 2030, the fleet of electric vehicles should be 30 million electric vehicles.

Electrification of transport is a large-scale task set up to the automotive industry of the old continent. Officials from Brussels dream that Europe will become the main world processer of the process and the first time in the park.

However, recently served this ambitious plan expressed the European Association of Car Manufacturers. In his appeal, the representatives of the Association called the plans of Eurochinnikov torn off from reality and unthinkable, and also advised to adjust them.

The Association of European Automakers recalled that in the past 2019 the number of electric vehicles was only 0.25% (615.000 pcs.) From the entire fleet in the countries of the European Union, numbering 243 million cars. To achieve the declared goal for a relatively short period of time (only one decade), it is necessary in order to go on the roads 50 times (!!!) more electrocars with zero emissions in, in comparison with the current amount.

«These plans are very far from today’s reality,» the Executive Director of the Association of European Automakers (ASEA) of Eric-Maria Whithema warns. It reminds that automakers are already investing huge funds in the study and development of electrical vehicles. But despite the huge investments in such vehicles and their growing market share, conditions have not yet been created in order to make such a jump. According to the head of the association, a significant condition for creating mobility with a zero emission level is the wide distribution of charging and refueling infrastructure, both for passenger cars and for heavy vehicles.

«The European Commission must comply with its level of ambition to deploy infrastructure throughout the EU with its plans to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles. It is quite simple: the higher the climatic purposes, the higher the targets should be for charge points and filling stations. Unfortunately, we still see the discrepancy between these two elements at the EU level, «the ACEA head warned.

When it comes to the filling infrastructure, the European Commission approves that by 2030, three million public charging points will be required. Given that last year, less than 200,000 charge points were created throughout the EU, it will require deployment of 15 times greater infrastructure over the next 10 years, according to a recent ACEA report.

Therefore, ACEA members again call on the EU legislators to push national governments to invest in charging and refueling infrastructure in the framework of the urgent and critical revision of the infrastructure of alternative fuels (AFID).

«Experience showed us that the voluntary approach to these infrastructure purposes does not work,» said Mr. Whithema. «While some EU countries are very active, others make little or nothing at all. You need to put mandatory infrastructure goals for EU member states. «

In addition to the infrastructure, other tools that stimulate consumers are needed to transition for mobility with zero emissions, such as more aggressive pricing for carbon fuel, continuing to update the fleet and support measures that promote the transformation of the sector.

ACEA also notes that the average age of the European car is almost 11 years. Indeed, as a result of decarbonization, new cars will be more expensive for many Europeans. Given that due to the crisis, income is expected due to the crisis, it is a risk that will only increase the average age of cars, thereby slowing the renewal of the park.