MEPs of the European Parliament's transport committee today voted in favour of a non-binding opinion supporting the weak Commission proposal on emissions cuts from new cars and vans. The industry committee of the Parliament failed to reach an agreement on their opinion. NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) regrets the votes as the Commission proposal will undermine Europe’s chances to meet Paris climate goals and deteriorate the competitiveness of the auto industry.
Read Spanish and Italian versions.China has secured €21.7 billion of investment in the past year to manufacture electric vehicles (EV) while Europe secured only €3.2 billion, according to European carmakers’ public announcements compiled by Transport & Environment (T&E). China produces a third more cars than Europe does (23.5 million passenger cars manufactured in 2017 versus 17 million in Europe) and thus the market size can’t explain the huge disparity in investment. China’s ambitious mandate – requiring carmakers to manufacture electric vehicles in its territory – is a key driver of investment in EVs, one which Europe currently lacks.
Carmakers are still failing to achieve their own sales targets for battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in Europe because they have barely improved the marketing, choice and availability of zero emissions vehicles, a new report shows. While carmakers seek to blame a lack of recharging points and government incentives, market data obtained by T&E shows that for the second year running  they spent miniscule amounts trying to sell electric vehicles – especially in markets where motorists are already willing to consider buying them.
Britain’s supply of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles could dry up after Brexit as carmakers will lose a strong incentive to sell low-emission vehicles there, a new report has found. The UK was the third largest market for zero emission vehicles in the EU last year, and the largest for plug-in hybrids. But as British sales of these cars will no longer count towards carmakers’ EU CO2 targets after Brexit, they may choose not to sell them in the UK at all, according to the analysis by sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E).
The strategic action plan on batteries launched today by the European Commission is key to decarbonising transport in the EU and – rightly – puts sustainably and responsibly sourced batteries at the heart of that transition, Transport & Environment (T&E) has said. The environmental NGO 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.
Today’s decision to take six EU countries to court for failing to tackle repeated breaches of air quality limits is a long-overdue and welcome step, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) had said. Germany, France and the UK for years allowed breaches of limits on toxic NO2 emissions while Italy, Romania and Hungary failed to tackle harmful and illegal levels of particulates (PM10). Separately, additional warnings were issued to Germany, the UK, Italy and Luxembourg for failing to take action against the millions of diesel cars with illegal defeat devices that allegedly cheated emissions tests.
The EU has rowed back on plans to allow all third parties to test vehicles’ on-road air pollution after they have been sold. While green transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the agreement  reached today by EU governments and the European Commission, it regrets that the final agreement no longer allows third parties other than technical labs to perform real-driving emissions tests and trigger action against poisonous NOx from cars. It was an independent test in the US that lead to the exposure of the Dieselgate scandal.
Provisional data for European new car carbon emissions in 2017 published today shows the small but expected rise in new car CO2 emissions of 0.4g/km is due to the strong growth in sales of crossover and SUV models - mainly diesel powered. According to the European Environment Agency, the average CO2 emissions from diesel cars rose from 116.8g/km in 2016 to 117.9g/km in 2017, while CO2 emissions from petrol cars remained flat (-0.1g/km).
Carmakers are holding back sales of both electric cars and more fuel-efficient upgrades of their best selling models in Europe, new research shows. Almost all manufacturers will comply with the EU’s 2021 CO2 emissions reduction targets through a combination of selling more fuel-efficient and plug-in models and exploiting flexibilities in the regulation, green transport group Transport & Environment’s report, CO2 emissions from cars: The facts, finds. Only six of the top 50 selling models in Europe received a full model upgrade in 2017 and very few new plug-in cars were made available – undoubtedly contributing to the lack of progress in reducing car CO2 emissions last year.
More than 90% of new Euro 6 diesels on sale today that don’t meet the EU emission limits on the road are still exempt from low emission zones (LEZs) or diesel bans in European cities, a new briefing by Transport & Environment (T&E) reveals. These Euro 6 diesels still exceed the nitrogen oxides (NOx) limit by 4 to 5 times while some models up to 10 times higher, notably Renault, Fiat and Opel models. Some Euro 6 vehicles emit more NOx on the road than Euro 4 and 5 cars that are banned.Versión en Español aquí.