Electric vehicles

19-05-2022

Most automakers fall short on climate goals: report

Only two of the world's 12 top automakers plan to make enough electric vehicles by 2030 to stay in step with Paris Agreement climate goals, experts said Wednesday (18 May).
10-05-2022

EU lawmakers may push 70% emission cut on carmakers by 2030

The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) is due to vote on mandatory CO2 standards for car manufacturers on Wednesday (11 May), with the possibility of calling for a 70% reduction target by the year 2030. EURACTIV France reports.
Circular economy 26-04-2022

No green and digital transition without raw materials, EU warns

Europe's transition to a sustainable and digital society is only possible with a strategic approach to the raw materials needed to manufacture chips, electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies, the EU's internal market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Monday (25 April).
Energy 25-04-2022

Fleets of hydrogen taxis are picking up across Europe

Europe's market for hydrogen-powered taxis is becoming increasingly competitive, with French company Hype, which has developed them in Paris since 2015, being among the frontrunners. EURACTIV France reports.
Automated vehicles 28-03-2022

Autonomous vehicles will end road deaths in Europe, says Slovenian minister

The rollout of autonomous vehicles has the potential to reduce traffic by 90% and bring road deaths to zero, but serious technological hurdles remain, Mark Boris Andrijanic, Slovenia's minister for digital transformation, has said.
Batteries 25-03-2022

Responsible sourcing of raw materials vital as fossil fuel era ends

Robust regulation is needed at EU-level to ensure that workers and the environment are protected during the extraction of battery metals, write Mark Dummett and Julia Poliscanova.
22-03-2022

Tesla Berlin gigafactory launch a ‘model’ for German investment projects

U.S. e-car company Tesla has inaugurated its first European production hub near Germany’s capital Berlin. The quick two and a half year construction process has been lauded as a model for Germany, Clean Energy Wire reports.
Circular economy 18-02-2022

France should start mining lithium at home, minister says

France should start exploiting its own lithium resources to meet increased demand stemming from a shift away from fossil fuels, Barbara Pompili, the country's environment minister, said in a video interview published on Thursday (17 February) by business daily Les Echos.
10-02-2022

Automotive industry sounds alarm over expansion of e-charging stations

Germany has fallen far behind its targets for expanding e-car infrastructure and will likely miss its 2030 e-mobility target, according to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
09-02-2022

Will there be enough metals to sustain the electric vehicle revolution?

Soaring demand for electric vehicles coupled with global battery supply chain issues caused production problems for carmakers last year. But the disruptions seen in 2021 are unlikely to become the new normal for three reasons, writes Julia Poliscanova of Transport & Environment.
Electricity 07-02-2022

Europe needs smart charging of all EVs now

As sales of electric vehicles continue to rise, smart charging needs to be the standard. In fact, without smart charging as the default, costs for the energy system will increase unnecessarily, burdening all consumers, write Julia Hildermeier and Jaap Burger.
Batteries 04-02-2022

Canfin: Battery Regulation to enter into force ‘six months’ early

In an interview with EURACTIV France , Pascal Canfin spoke about the EU Parliament's proposals to improve the battery regulation, and the actions to be taken to accelerate the transition towards full electric mobility in the EU.

04-02-2022

Electric car transition puts over 70,000 jobs at risk in Italy, unions and lobby say

The transition to electric vehicles will put around 73,000 jobs at risk in Italy, metal workers' unions and a lobby group said on Thursday. (3 February), calling on the government to start discussions on measures to support the automotive industry.
18-01-2022

Europe’s EV drive comes with environmental, social risks, Stellantis CEO says

The European Commission's strategy to phase out combustion engines in favour of electric vehicles is a political choice that carries environmental and social risks, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said in an interview with European newspapers.
14-01-2022

Higher charging infrastructure targets will prevent two-track Europe in EV shift

Rapid decarbonisation of road transport is needed to achieve Europe’s carbon neutrality by 2050. To ensure that no EU country is left behind in the transition to electric vehicles, ambitious charging infrastructure targets must be applied across the bloc, writes Mathieu Bonnet.
14-01-2022

German transport minister backs electric cars in e-fuel debate

The debate over how best to decarbonise road transport has long pitched synthetic e-fuels against full electrification. In a policy shift, Germany’s transport minister has now said that electric cars have won the race in the EU.
14-01-2022

‘Don’t Look Up’: The engine-makers’ answer to the climate crisis

Netflix’s new comedy film Don’t Look Up may be a heightened parody of the climate crisis, but scenes from the film recall the latest lobbying campaign to keep fossil fuel engines on our roads, argues Alex Keynes.
13-01-2022

Auto parts makers accused of obstructing EU climate policies

European auto parts makers are undermining efforts to decarbonise the transport sector by lobbying against climate-friendly EU policies, a new analysis by the climate thinktank InfluenceMap has claimed.
Transport 12-01-2022

Swiss slam brakes on subsidies for ‘con’ hybrid cars

A Swiss region has pulled subsidies for hybrid cars, citing a report which found they offered negligible emissions and fuel consumption advantages when tested on Alpine Switzerland's roads.
11-01-2022

Tough EU car emission rules ‘necessary’, says leader of key German state

The European Union's proposed package of energy and climate laws received surprise backing from the leader of Baden-Württemberg, an influential German state which is renowned worldwide for its cutting-edge automotive industry.

Portuguese lithium, fuel of Europe’s electric vehicle revolution?

Portugal next year could approve lithium mining that will reduce Europe's dependence on outside sources for a key ingredient in the frenetic global race to decarbonise the auto industry.
16-12-2021

EU decision makers can supercharge the shift to electric vehicles

Despite progress, barriers remain to electric vehicle (EV) uptake in eastern and southern Europe. But the right EU policies can speed up the electric mobility shift across the continent, benefiting consumers and the environment, argue Monique Goyens and Julia Poliscanova.
03-12-2021

For many Europeans, the electric vehicle revolution is a mirage

The view from Brussels policymakers is clear: the electric vehicle revolution is firmly underway. But a EURACTIV investigation reveals serious barriers to electric vehicle acceptance across eastern and southern Europe.
Energy 02-12-2021

€2 billion ‘Clean Hydrogen Partnership’ signals move away from hydrogen cars

Fuel-cell cars once looked to be the future of green mobility, but with electric vehicles now set to dominate the market, the EU’s hydrogen joint undertaking was rebranded this week to signal a shift in priority towards the production of low-cost green hydrogen from electrolysis.