EU to target 30 million electric cars by 2030

(EurActiv, 7 Dec 2020) The European Union will aim to have at least 30 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads by 2030, as it seeks to steer countries away from fossil fuel-based transport, according to a draft EU document.

In a strategy due to be published this week, the European Commission will lay out measures  to tackle emissions from the transport sector.

Transport makes up almost a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and almost 30% of CO2 emissions, 72% of which come from road transport.

Hitting Europe’s climate targets will require “at least” 30 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030, according to the document.

“The EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050 cannot be reached without introducing very ambitious measures to reduce transport’s reliance on fossil fuels,” it read.

It is a huge step up from the 1.8 million electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered in Europe at the end of last year, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation, especially as hybrids are not zero-emission vehicles.

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