2022 Progress Report – Making the transition to zero-emission mobility

Updated annually, the 2022 report ‘Making the Transition to Zero-Emission Mobility’ tracks the progress made in the European Union on the key enabling factors for alternatively-powered passenger cars and vans.

The CO2 emission standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (vans) adopted in April 2019 set reduction targets of -15% and -37.5% for the tailpipe CO2 emissions of newly-registered cars for the years 2025 and 2030 respectively. The 2030 target set for vans was -31%.

Last year – as part of its ‘Fit for 55’ climate package – the European Commission proposed a review of the Regulation, maintaining the target of -15% for 2025, strengthening the 2030 target to -55%, and introducing a new -100% target for 2035. In June 2022, both the European Parliament and EU member states endorsed the CO2 targets as proposed by the European Commission.

As part of the climate same package, the Commission also published its proposal for an Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR). EU member states adopted their position on this in June 2022, with the European Parliament set to vote on this file in September.

The auto industry’s investments in alternatively-powered vehicles are paying off. Indeed, against last year’s backdrop of a contracting vehicle market, electrically-chargeable cars continued to gain overall market share, accounting for almost 1 in every 5 new cars sold across the European Union. However, this trend can only be sustained if governments step up investments in infrastructure, and maintain meaningful and sustainable incentives.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) publishes this statistical report – now in its fifth edition – on an annual basis to track progress on the key ‘enabling factors’ for zero-emission cars and vans over time. 

The 2022 edition of the ACEA Progress Report covers:

In addition, the Progress Report provides a comprehensive glossary that explains the various types of alternatively-powered vehicles and the infrastructure that each requires.

This publication gives a factual, data-driven picture of progress, bringing together all available data sources (ACEA, EAFO, EEA, Eurostat, IHS Markit). In all cases it is the latest available full-year data for the European Union.

In 2021, more than 1 in 5 cars registered in the EU was electrically chargeable. This positive trend can only be sustained if governments start making investments in charging infrastructure and put in place meaningful and sustainable incentives.

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