Study – Making the transition to zero-emission mobility

This study identifies the three main barriers that are currently hampering the uptake of electrically-chargeable cars in the European Union.

Future reductions of CO2 emissions from passenger cars will be strongly dependent on increased sales of alternatively-powered vehicles, including electric, hybrid, fuel-cell and natural gas-powered vehicles. Even though European automakers are expanding their portfolios of alternatively-powered cars, and electric ones in particular, we unfortunately see that market penetration of these vehicles is still low and very fragmented across the EU. 

Indeed, today eletrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) make up 1.5% of total new car sales in the European Union, with huge differences between the 28 member states. The reality is that the market acceptance of ECVs depends on several factors that are beyond the control of automobile manufacturers.

This new study identifies the key barriers that are holding back the wider consumer uptake of electrically-chargeable vehicles in the European Union:

  1. Affordability
  2. Infrastructure availability
  3. Lack of investment


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