E-mobility: European Parliament infrastructure vote is step in right direction, auto makers say
Brussels, 19 October 2022 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes the European Parliament vote on the EU-wide roll-out of the charging and refuelling infrastructure needed to power zero-emission cars, vans, trucks and buses.
The Parliament voted earlier today on the European Commission’s proposed Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) – an important component of its package of ‘Fit for 55’ climate laws.
“We are pleased that MEPs have injected more ambition into this regulation, upping the national targets for both charging points and hydrogen fuelling stations, compared to the Commission’s proposal,” said ACEA Director General, Sigrid de Vries. “After all, infrastructure is an essential part of the transport decarbonisation equation, alongside affordable zero-emission vehicles.”
MEPs also voted in other improvements to AFIR, such as an increase in the required power output for light- and heavy-duty vehicle chargers, a faster roll-out of hydrogen filling stations, and more transparency and convenience for consumers – all of which are welcomed as steps in the right direction by the auto industry.
“However, even with these strengthened targets, AFIR will only provide a minimum network of infrastructure, which will have to be complemented by private sector initiatives,” explained Ms de Vries. EU policy makers should support this by de-risking investments and speeding up permitting and planning procedures, including for grid upgrades, says ACEA.
De Vries: “Policy makers have already set the bar very high for the auto industry when it comes to targets for CO2 emissions from cars and vans. It is now crucial that AFIR matches this level of ambition.” ACEA therefore calls on national governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission to maintain a strong AFIR in the trialogue negotiations.
What is more, ACEA cautions that setting truck-specific infrastructure targets now will effectively determine the CO2 reductions that will be possible in this segment by the end of this decade. This needs to be taken into account for the forthcoming review of the HDV CO2 regulation.
Policy makers have already set the bar very high for the auto industry when it comes to targets for CO2 emissions from cars and vans. It is now crucial that AFIR matches this level of ambition.
Notes for editors
- ACEA’s full position on AFIR can be found here: https://www.acea.auto/publication/position-paper-proposal-alternative-fuels-infrastructure-regulation-afir/.
- A fact sheet on AFIR for cars and vans is available here: https://www.acea.auto/fact/fact-sheet-alternative-fuels-infrastructure-regulation-cars-vans/.
- A fact sheet on AFIR for trucks is available here: https://www.acea.auto/fact/fact-sheet-alternative-fuels-infrastructure-regulation-heavy-duty-vehicles/.
- ACEA’s 2022 Progress Report ‘Making the transition to zero-emission mobility: Enabling factors for alternatively-powered cars and vans in the European Union’ is available here: https://www.acea.auto/publication/2022-progress-report-making-the-transition-to-zero-emission-mobility/
- The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 16 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
- Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
- Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, email@example.com, +32 485 88 66 47.
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About the EU automobile industry
- 13 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 7% of all EU jobs.
- 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.4 million – are in the automotive sector.
- Motor vehicles are responsible for €374.6 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
- The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €79.5 billion for the EU.
- The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
- Investing €58.8 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 32% of total EU spending.