Electric vehicles

Climate NGOs threaten legal action against German car giants

09-11-2021

Greenpeace and German environmental NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe will take legal action against Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, and gas and oil firm Wintershall Dea if they do not step up policies to tackle climate change, they said on Friday 5 November.

10-11-2021

Zero emission vehicle declaration disappoints as manufacturers, countries abstain

A COP26 pledge to stop the sale of polluting vehicles by 2040 has been called insufficient by climate campaigners, who criticised the absence of major economies, including the US, Germany, and France, as well as leading car manufacturers, such as Volkswagen and Toyota.
Energy 05-11-2021

EU’s buildings directive should give EV owners the right to a smart plug

Smart EV charging receives little attention in the debate around the energy performance of buildings. However, with a ‘right to plug’, buildings can spearhead the transition towards clean mobility, write Luka De Bruyckere and Jaap Burger.
Batteries 04-11-2021

Industry anxious about mandatory recycling targets in EU battery law

Requiring companies to use recycled metals in new electric vehicle batteries is necessary to prevent manufacturers from opting for cheaper, freshly mined virgin materials, the EU says. Still, the automotive sector, battery makers and the mining industry are all anxious about the upcoming EU battery regulation.
Batteries 29-10-2021

Mining industry warns against Europe’s drive for raw material ‘autonomy’

Relying solely on raw materials sourced within Europe could incentivise the use of cheaper, non-recyclable batteries, increasing the need to mine virgin materials to power electric vehicles, industry has said.
Batteries 26-10-2021

Simona Bonafè MEP: Recovery of raw materials is cornerstone of EU battery law

The European Commission has proposed new standards which would make batteries produced and sold in Europe the greenest in the world. MEP Simona Bonafè spoke to EURACTIV about the EU's battery regulation and the future of battery production in Europe.
Batteries 21-10-2021

Brussels defends EU battery law against charges from car industry

The European Commission has brushed off industry criticism that the upcoming EU battery regulation could raise the cost of electric vehicles, arguing that prices will fall thanks to increased manufacturing capacity ushered in by EU policies.
Batteries 20-10-2021

EU aims to dethrone Asia as world’s battery powerhouse

Brussels plans to wrest the title of global electric vehicle battery leader from Asia by supercharging Europe’s battery production and imposing strict green criteria that will make European products the de facto global standard.
Batteries 05-10-2021

European battery law will set global standard for the car industry, EU says

Proposed EU legislation to ensure materials for batteries are sourced ethically and sustainably will push up global standards, making Europe a "trailblazer" in the field, the European Commission has said.
China 30-09-2021

China’s electric carmakers make their move on Europe

China's electric carmakers are darting into Europe, hoping to catch traditional auto giants cold and seize a slice of a market supercharged by the continent's drive towards zero emissions.
30-09-2021

Portugal: Lithium preliminary environmental report identifies ‘some risks’

The preliminary environmental impact assessment report for the Lithium Prospecting and Exploration Programme identified "some risks" in the eight potential areas in the north and centre of the country, but still recognised the opportunity this could have for the economy's decarbonisation.
28-09-2021

Swedish electric carmaker Polestar to go public

Electric car maker Polestar, controlled by Sweden's Volvo Cars and its Chinese owner Geely, said on Monday (27 September) it plans to go public in a stock market debut that could value it at around $20 billion (€17 billion).
28-09-2021

Shift to EVs means huge ‘reskilling’ job for Europe: report

The shift to electric vehicles will force huge changes in the auto industry and require EU backing for 'reskilling' programs to help workers prepare for a zero-emission future, according to a report published on Tuesday (28 September).
Electricity 07-09-2021

Trust, not control: Germany, EVs and the power of consumer choice

Faced with the challenge of integrating electric vehicles without jeopardising power system reliability, Germany's federal energy ministry started work with distribution system operators on a new tariff design. What followed is a cautionary tale, write Andreas Jahn, Jaap Burger, Jan Rosenow.
07-09-2021

VW’s electric push ‘can’t go any faster’, says CEO

Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess said Monday (6 September) it was "impossible" for the German car giant's electric transformation to happen any faster, but he accused Angela Merkel's government of holding back change with generous diesel subsidies.
Batteries 03-09-2021

Opel battery cell plant to get $500m German grant

Opel will receive a €437 million government grant for its battery cell factory in Kaiserslautern, Germany's economy ministry said on Thursday (2 September), as part of a wider European initiative to create a homegrown battery industry.
Energy 30-08-2021

‘Game-changer’ for geothermal energy as UK plant unlocks vast supply of lithium

A geothermal power plant in the UK has discovered the highest concentration of lithium ever found in geothermal fluid, opening the door to a new business model for the renewable energy source.
Economy & Jobs 30-07-2021

German car parts suppliers fret over combustion engine phase-out

The European Commission’s Fit for 55 package will rapidly tighten emission standards for cars, effectively banning the sale of vehicles fitted with internal combustion engines by 2035. German carmakers had preempted the move, but parts suppliers and employees are worried.
23-07-2021

Electric vehicles sales in France tripled in past two years

Plug-in hybrids and electric cars have increased in popularity in France, rising from 2.5% of all vehicles sold in 2019 to 7.5% today. The increase in sales is partly linked to the electric bonuses granted under the country's recovery plan, dubbed France Relance. EURACTIV France reports.
14-07-2021

EU signals end of internal combustion engine by 2035

Sales of new cars and vans that produce carbon emissions will be banned as of 2035, proposals tabled by the European Commission revealed on Wednesday (14 July), a move which all but guarantees that the era of the internal combustion engine (ICE) is drawing to a close in the EU.
Biofuels 13-07-2021

Narrow focus on electrifying vehicles will harm climate efforts, says fuels industry

Favouring electrification while ignoring low-carbon liquid fuels will hinder the bloc's efforts to decarbonise road transport, a prominent industry body has said ahead of the release of the EU's climate law package.
Transport 06-07-2021

VW, Daimler, Volvo team up to build truck chargers

The truck manufacturing units of Volkswagen, Daimler and Volvo announced Monday (5 July) they will team up to build a network of 1,700 charging points for heavy-duty vehicles in Europe using green electricity.
06-07-2021

Why is the European Commission dismantling the continent’s most successful EV charging model?

The Netherlands is a world leader in EV charging infrastructure, thanks partly to their use of multipliers – a statistical method that encourages the use of renewable energy in transport. But the European Commission's decision to eliminate multipliers for electricity will destroy the successful Dutch model, argues William Todts.
28-06-2021

Volkswagen to stop selling combustion engines in Europe by 2035

Volkswagen said Sunday (27 June) it plans to stop producing cars with internal combustion engines in Europe for its eponymous flagship brand between 2033 and 2035, as the Germany auto giant accelerates its drive towards electric vehicles.
21-06-2021

Europe powers up electric car battery drive

As electric car sales soar, Europe has started to build up its capacity to produce batteries on the continent but it remains far from reducing its dependence on Asia.