Brussels, 10 June 2022 – The European Parliament voted in favour of the phase out of sales of Internal Combustion Engine vehicles from Europe as of 2035. We highly welcome this vote and applaud the political will to stick to the path towards the decarbonisation of European road transport.
This decision aligns with the goal of a carbon-neutral Europe and with other legislations driving the shift toward sustainable mobility. We can do this because we have an efficient technology already accessible to consumers, which provides the perfect and sustainable alternative to fossil fuel vehicles: e-mobility.
We need to move away from carbon fossil vehicles and towards the mass electrification of transport to stave off the worst consequences of climate change. A failure to act now and phase out internal combustion would also leave European industry behind in a rapidly electrifying world market, and thus constitute a major threat to EU competitiveness and employment.
The electrification of road transport is already happening and has become irreversible, driven hand in hand by policies and industry efforts, as presented in our recent report.
On the policy side, we can take the example of AFIR, the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation, which ensures that charging infrastructure deployment will go hand in hand with the uptake of electric vehicles while also clarifying what technologies can be used and making it easier for users to access them across Europe. This action plan is the other side of the coin of fossil fuel phase-out, clearly setting the stage for the immediate move to an alternative without impacting our standards of life.
The commitment is not driven just by the European Union. Many Member States and third countries had already set phase-out dates, and accelerated infrastructure rollout to go with them.
It is particularly clarifying to look at the Netherlands, where we can see the same process we observe at the European level on a national scale. Having set a phase-out date for 2030, the Dutch “National Charging Infrastructure Agenda” underpins this aim with a clear plan for the roll-out of charging infrastructure across the country, ensuring access to charging will not be a bottleneck to the electrification of the Dutch fleet.
Industry, the other driver of change, is equally committed: demand for electric vehicles is rising globally. European vehicle manufacturers see the opportunity to respond to this demand and become market leaders by ramping up production. Investment in batteries and the EV value chain will generate new jobs in cell manufacturing, battery supply chain, and beyond.
Philippe Vangeel, Secretary General of AVERE, commented on the ongoing debate: “We are delighted with this vote as it is a milestone in what we at AVERE set out to achieve with our work: a sustainable European road transport. We now call on the Council and the Member States to show the same political will to keep on this track. It will safeguard the long-term competitiveness of the EU’s automotive industry, and ensure future generations of Europeans don’t have to face a climate crisis born of shortsightedness.”
AVERE (The European Association for Electromobility) is the European association that promotes electromobility and sustainable transport across Europe.
Our Members consist of Companies, Research Institutions, and National Associations supporting and encouraging the use of Electric Vehicles and electromobility across Europe. We currently have 45 active members, including from some of the most successful EV countries like Norway, France, The Netherlands and Belgium. The association is governed by our Board.
Within these Associations, there are close to 2.600 industry members, ranging from SME’s, OEM’s, and other companies with a commercial interest in electromobility and more than 140.000+ EV users. Furthermore, AVERE’s network includes Users of Electric vehicles, NGOs, Associations, Interest Groups, Public Institutions, Research & Development Centres, Vehicle and Equipment Manufacturers and other relevant Companies. This extends beyond Europe into global outreach.
You can download the factsheet with the AVERE’s Vision for 2050 here: https://www.avere.org/wp-content/uploads/AVERE-Zero-emission-Mobility-for-all-2022.pdf