In November 2017, the European Commission presented its Clean Mobility Package. The key legislative proposal in the Package is the one dealing with future CO2 standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (also known as vans). Looking ahead, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) believes that further reductions of CO2 emissions from cars and vans beyond 2020 are possible – although at rapidly increasing cost and coming with certain socio-economic implications.
The Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council Lilyana Pavlova signed today at the National Palace of Culture a sponsorship agreement with BMW Vertriebs GmbH Bulgaria, represented by the company’s manager Mr. Alexander Milanov. The partnership agreement arranges the delivery of two electric cars BMWi3 for the needs of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council 2018.
The number of electric vehicles (EVs) in the Nordic region is projected to reach 4 million cars by 2030, or more than 15 times the number currently in circulation, according to the International Energy Agency’s Nordic EV Outlook 2018, a swift rate of deployment that can offer valuable lessons for rapid EV adoption around the world.
Developing energy storage and integrating infrastructure in order to speed up decarbonisation were the focus of an event held on 1 March in Brussels. The High Level Roundtable on Energy Storage and Sectoral Integration brought together speakers from the European Commission, including Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Director-General for Energy Dominique Ristori, and the energy, automotive and chemical industries.
The Platform for Electro-Mobility, of which Bellona is a founding member, welcomes the European Commission (EC) proposal to amend Directive 2009/33/EU on the promotion of clean and energy-efficient road vehicles in public procurement (or so-called Clean Vehicles Directive), and considers it holds potential to set the transport sector on a course to swift decarbonisation and improved air quality in urban centers. This paper calls on the European Parliament and Member States to build upon the Commission’s proposal and deliver a bolder text with higher procurement targets and broader scope, while ensuring that this does not lead to a reduction of the level and quality of public transport services.
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Small electric vans now cost the same to own as diesel vans – but there simply aren’t enough of them available to bring about the improvements in air pollution and reduced CO2 emissions that the technology allows for. That is the conclusion of a study for T&E which highlights how the EU’s reluctance to adequately regulate the vans’ emissions and use is now slowing emissions reductions.
A summary of the Committee’s consideration of the draft report is available.
Iberdrola Ventures (PERSEO) are hosting top innovators funded by the SME Instrument for a Company Day in Bilbao, Spain on the 9th May 2018. A limited number of companies will get to pitch and present their business cases and network with Iberdrola and Iberdrola’s partners. Apply before 12 March!
Between electric vehicles, renewable energy systems and expanding portable applications, there is intensive research to engineer batteries with higher capacity, along with low cost, high cyclability and greater safety.