Electric cars are about to go mainstream in Europe, and 2020/2021 is likely to be a tipping point for the market. Until recently, the EV market was limited to a niche of early adopters but tomorrow’s landscape will be very different as EVs enter a new phase and near the mass market. This report (downloadable below) shows where the future electric cars and batteries will be produced in Europe, and analyses the expected production trends, and whether or not these are enough to meet the EU demand up until 2025.
The EU has adopted legislation, known as Horizon Europe, to shape EU Research & Innovation (R&I) spending for the 2021-2027 period. With a proposed budget of almost €100 bn, the programme aims to stimulate technological innovation and help the EU decarbonise. In this paper T&E argues that it should be subject to a clear prioritisation of clean transport technologies in order to put the transport sector on a strategic pathway towards net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 at the latest.
Reducing CO2 emissions from all new cars and accelerating the uptake of zero emission models is essential to prevent a climate emergency. This is not a silver bullet - local and national policies need to reduce car ownership and use and promote active travel and shared mobility, which are also important. The EU car CO2 law setting a 95 g/km target for 2020/21 agreed a decade ago was intended to achieve a step change in car emissions crucial to decarbonising transport. But just 16 months before the target comes into force carmakers are less than halfway towards their goals. This report examines why progress has been so slow and shows targets should still be met if companies invest to deliver the planned production goals for electric vehicles (both zero emission and plug-in hybrid models) and to make conventional cars more efficient.
In reaction to the looming air pollution crisis and the Dieselgate scandal, cities across Europe have introduced or tightened Low-Emission Zones (LEZ). More than 250 EU cities have already taken such measures. This briefing reviews the evidence available on the justification and effectiveness of LEZ and recommends the way forward.
A number of truck manufacturers claim that trucks running on gas deliver strong air quality and greenhouse gas benefits compared to diesel. On-road tests commissioned by the Dutch government were performed by TNO, an independent research organisation, to compare emissions from diesel and liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks. This paper outlines how the on-road data shows that many of the truckmakers’ claims are false. It also outlines how most EU governments are encouraging the uptake of polluting LNG trucks with extremely low tax rates on fossil gas for transport.
The report is available to download in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
Also: read our briefing, Do gas trucks reduce emissions? Your questions answered, where T&E responds to claims made by gas lobby groups.