Electric vehicles

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.
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.
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.
Energy 01-12-2021

Lithium from German geothermal plants could supply a million electric vehicles a year from 2025

Batteries made with zero-emission lithium from geothermal plants in Germany could power one million vehicles per year by the mid-2020s, according to Vulcan Energy, a company setting out to produce climate neutral lithium in Europe.
26-11-2021

‘Battery arms race’: how China has monopolised the electric vehicle industry

Think of an electric car and the first name that comes to mind will probably be Tesla. The California company makes the world’s bestselling electric car and was recently valued at $1tn. But behind this US success story is a tale of China’s manufacturing might. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian Environment, reports.
25-11-2021

New German government aims for at least 15 mln EVs by 2030

Germany aims to have at least 15 million electric cars on the roads by 2030 in its shift towards climate neutrality, up from a previous goal of 14 million, according to the coalition agreement of the incoming government published on Wednesday (24 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.
09-11-2021

Climate NGOs threaten legal action against German car giants

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.
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 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).
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.