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25% of cars electric by 2025, proposes EU

Green members of the European Parliament want to push the low-carbon envelope, requiring from manufacturers that by 2025, at least one in four new cars they sell in the EU is electric. Ten years later, combustion engines are to be banned altogether.

Evidently, the European carmakers association ACEA is less than amused with this proposal. It would require the industry to invest even more in emission-free powertrains than is the case today, possibly causing loss of jobs. According to ACEA, most stakeholders reckon a realistic market share for electrically chargeable vehicles –so not only EVs, but also PHEVs –would be maximum 8 percent by 2025 based on today’s market, pointing at electric vehicle infrastructure and support by utility providers and governments as the limiting factors –which are out of their control.

Still, some OEMs have already indicated that by that year, 25 percent of their new car sales would be electric or plug-in hybrid. Last year, VW said it is developing 30 new electric models by 2025 and that these would represent 3 million units. That would mean a 20 to 25 percent share in the brand’s total sales. Mercedes stated it is developing 10 new electric models under its EQ brand and that these should also represent up to 25 percent of their total output.

Picture copyright:Mercedes, 2017 28/07/2017  |  Dieter Quartier

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