We’re on the right path but need a stronger push towards EVs

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more competitive, mainly because battery prices have fallen 65% since 2010 and are forecasted to fall to $230 per kWh in 2017-2018. Batteries are also becoming more powerful as they gain in energy density. Moreover, these improvements were recently reinforced by other significant developments: the unveiling by Tesla of its Model 3 is making high-spec electric cars more accessible; and the Netherlands, Norway and Germany’s public support for the rollout of electric vehicles.

So we are on the right path, yes, but there is still a long way to go, especially in Europe. In China 52,000 electric cars were sold during the first two months of 2016 as part of a comprehensive policy push for electro-mobility. But Europeans only bought 59,000 EVs in the whole of 2015. A stronger Europe-wide push for electric vehicles is therefore essential to create scale and a single market. It would also achieve CO2 reductions in the transport sector and reduce air pollution in cities. It is even more important as the oil and fuel lobby has joined up to prevent market roll-out of electric vehicles.

As a result, Transport & Environment, together with 20 other organisations, has decided to set up the Platform for Electro-Mobility. Officially launched in April, this alliance of organisations from across industries and transport modes represents producers, infrastructure managers, operators and users of transport as well as cities and civil society. It shares a vision of electro-mobility for surface transport delivered through multiple modes including electric bikes, cars and vans, trucks, buses, rail and other public transport.

To accelerate this transition towards more electro-mobility, the platform:

  • provides a forum in which diverse, like-minded organisations effectively collaborate to develop the market for electro-mobility

  • collectively inputs to EU policy-making processes and other relevant forums

  • develops practical and policy solutions addressing barriers and developing solutions which accelerate electro-mobility

  • actively promotes electro-mobility to key decision-makers and influencers in EU institutions and member states.

Membership of the platform is open to any company or organisation (or, exceptionally, individuals) working within the EU seeking to accelerate the electrification of transport. If you are interested in joining the Platform for Electro-Mobility, we invite you to visit this page and get in contact.


Herve Layec's picture


You are mentionning the success of EV en Norway and The Netherlands
But you forget to talk about the level of incentives in both countries ... more than 30000€ for each PHEV vehicle in the Netherlands as calculated by the ICCT cf. http://www.theicct.org/sites/default/files/publications/ICCT_EV-fiscal-i...

On a liter of petrol you have to day around 0,7€ of taxes ... while on a kWh, you have 0,05€ of VAT!!!!! So please indicate who is the looser and how long it will last...
In France for example, you have TIPCE = 0,50€ (1 liter of diesel) - 0,62€ (E10) on top on which tou have VAT (20%) on both the product and TIPCE.
Each time 1 million cars moved from petrol to electricity, French government looses 500 million€. The More EV ===> more taxes loss .
Be aware that TIPP (now called TIPCE) has been installed on petrol in 1928 to replace taxes on salt ==> clearly a transportation tax will be installed on each kwh for cars in a way or another to compensate the loss of TICPE ... members of Parliament have already started to study it ... si please tell the reader

If 1 million EV runs 50kms/day 200days/year i.e. 10000kms/year ... you need in addition 2 TeraWh/year ... that is to say 1/4 of a nuclear plant or 1/8 of the French wind farms ... of anything equivalent ... please tell.

Please also indicate that if you want to refill a 30kwh or 60kwH battery just in a couple of hours, you'll need to increase your electric subsription whose annual delta cost will be higher that the electricity product itself !!!

Finally indicate the price of électricity all over Europe ... e.g. 0.27€/kwh in Germany versus 0.16€ in France (0.11 during night). So in Germany if you add the higher subscription cost and the cost of electricity ... it is today more economical to run a petrol car on which you pay a lot of taxes ... taxes which do not exist on electricity but will appear very soon.


Philippe Nguyen's picture


Combustion engines (cars, trucks, motorbikes) are the source of 2 major health issues:
- Respiratory diseases. In France, the estimated cost of air pollution caused by transports is more than 101 billion euros a year, and responsible for 45 to 50,000 deaths.
- Noise. In France, its estimated cost for 2016 is around 21 billion euros. Other related and incurred costs for society not included.

In 2015, the French state part of the TICPE was 16.8 billion euros, including reductions, exemptions, and corresponding VAT (20%). The Automobile Club Association states taxes (TICPE + VAT on both TICPE and gas) are about 34 billion euros. Whichever figure is correct doesn't really matter. At most it's only 28% of health costs.

According to the World nuclear Association (http://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/country-profiles/countr...): "EDF expects exports to continue at 55-70 TWh/yr". Then, there is the new EPR nuclear plant in Flamandville. Also, there is plenty of room for doubling production of electricity from renewable energy (sunlight, wind, waves) which accounts for only 17% (23 TWh) of total current electric production (541 TWh in 2014). In the near future (less than 5 years), battery efficiency will improve by 20% at least.

So, there is enough of energy left (about 100 TWh) to run all EV's (more than 38 million units) of which 80% will be 100% electric (mostly in cities where average daily distance is only 10 km), the other part being hybrids, E85 or else.

This said, an EV is not ecological. It also has the same political issues than any other car (mining in Africa, for example).

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