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Is the EU making E-cars compulsory through the back door?

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The EU has decided to reduce CO2 emissions by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. In 2050, the EU wants to be the first climate-neutral continent on earth. To reduce CO2 emissions in the EU by 55 percent, more than 65 percent of all newly registered vehicles must be electric cars! Is this making E-cars mandatory through a back door?

This is likely to affect German drivers in particular – and could lead to a kind of e-car compulsory through the back door! Why is this development soo important for German drivers? Read below.

Why this EU law is important for German drivers

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To reduce CO2 emissions in the EU by 55 percent, more than 65 percent of all newly registered vehicles must be e-cars

According to current EU regulations, a car manufacturer’s new vehicle fleet has been allowed to emit an average of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer since 2020. This target is to drop by 55 percent by 2030 and then by 100 percent by 2035 – new cars with combustion engines will then no longer be allowed to be registered.

In order to achieve this reduction, two out of three new cars registered across the EU must already be e-cars by 2030, according to calculations by the automotive industry available.

Why German driver should be wary: The required value of 65 percent e-cars for new registrations does not apply country by country, but as an average for the entire EU. If other countries do not join in, Germany will have to compensate with even more electric cars in order not to jeopardize the overall goal.


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The EU is an e-filling station desert!

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▶ ︎ So far, around 68 percent of all charging points in the EU are available in only three countries: Germany (47,000), France (46,000) and the Netherlands (82,000).

For comparison: Other EU countries such as Greece (314), Romania (655) or Bulgaria (372) are far from having a functioning charging station network by 2030 in order to be able to supply two thirds of new E-registrations with electricity.

► Means: If the rest of the EU only achieves 50 percent e-quota for new registrations in 2030, Germany would have to achieve almost 100 percent new e-registrations in order not to jeopardize the EU requirements, BILD learned from the automotive industry.

  • Germany needs 85 percent e-cars when the rest of the EU only manages 55 percent
  • Germany needs 75 percent e-cars when the rest of the EU can only manage 60 percent

When looking at the EU e-filling station desert, this could mean compulsory e-cars through the back door for German drivers.

What is the auto industry saying?

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association “acea” had already declared that a significant tightening of carbon dioxide limits is only considered feasible if there are also binding requirements for more infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Across the EU, at least 6 million e-charging stations are needed to reach the e-car targets. For every further percentage point of the tightening of the target, at least 200,000 additional public charging points for electric vehicles are required – beyond the three million required in 2030, as calculated by BMW.

In Germany alone, 2000 new charging points would have to be set up every week in order to have more than 1 million charging points available for e-cars by 2030.

What measures is the EU planning on taking?

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1. More charging points for e-cars on major roads

For the transformation in the transport sector, charging points for electric cars are to be set up every 60 kilometers on major highways in the EU. The Commission estimates the investment costs for the charging infrastructure at a total of 15 billion euros.

Hydrogen filling stations are to be built every 150 kilometers. The EU Commission also said that even if you are currently assuming a poor energy mix, an electric car has lower emissions than a classic combustion engine.

2. Kerosene tax for intra-European flights is to come

In addition, the EU Commission wants to introduce a kerosene tax for flights within Europe. The existing exemption for the aviation industry from the fuel tax is to be gradually softened over ten years, said the Brussels authority. Private business flights and freight traffic should therefore continue to be exempt from taxation.

3. Import tax on climate-damaging products not until 2026

The EU Commission is not aiming to introduce an import tax on climate-damaging products from third countries until 2026. From 2023 onwards, a transition phase is planned so that companies can adapt to the innovation, said the Brussels authority.

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