Future EU CO2 targets for cars and vans: auto makers sound alarm after parliament vote

Brussels, 11 September 2018 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has sounded the alarm on the outcome of yesterday evening’s European Parliament vote on future CO2 targets for cars and vans.

“We are very concerned by the direction taken by the Environment Committee,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “The extremely stringent reduction levels adopted are totally unrealistic, as they would require a massive and sudden shift to electromobility. The framework conditions for such a seismic shift are clearly not in place, and consumers are just not ready to go fully electric at this stage.”

Jonnaert: “Let me be clear: we are fully committed to moving towards zero-emissions mobility. But this transition must be made at a pace that is manageable. This is vital not only for our industry and its workers, but also for consumers – who are meant to actually buy these vehicles – and for member states, who will have a huge job to ensure that the network of recharging infrastructure is sufficient.”

The position by the Environment Committee – the lead committee on this dossier – is not representative of the whole European Parliament. It contrasts quite strongly with the positions of the other committees involved (ITRE and TRAN).

“We hope that the European Parliament will take the opportunity to re-examine this proposal to align it more with reality. We await the plenary vote next month to see what course the Parliament as a whole will take for the trialogue negotiations,” stated Mr Jonnaert.

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Notes for editors

  • ACEA represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Group, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
  • More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45 or +32 485 88 66 47.

About the EU automobile industry

  • 13.3 million people – or 6.1% of the EU employed population – work directly and indirectly in the sector.
  • The 3.4 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent over 11% of total EU manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for some €413 billion in tax contributions in the EU15.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with €54 billion invested annually.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €90.3 billion for the EU.