In front of the ” regulatory pressure », ACEA (the association of European automobile manufacturers) is calling for more flexibility from the European institutions. The industry also wants more outspoken support to enable the development of electricity.
ACEA calls for more aid for electricity
With his ACEA president hat, Luca de Meo sound the alarm on the too many European regulations which come into force each year. The boss of Renault is aware that “ the automotive industry is experiencing its biggest transformation in over a century “. To avoid failure, he calls on European institutions to show flexibility and increase their support to promote the development of electricity. A manifesto that resonates as the European elections approach.
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According to the European Manufacturers’ Association, the automobile industry will have to face an average of ” eight or nine European regulations each year until 2030 “. Too fast a pace according to ACEA members. But it is especially on the subject of electric vehicles that manufacturers are asking the European institutions to make efforts. Some manufacturers are observing a drop in orders for rechargeable models. Volkswagen has even suspended production at some of its factories in Germany.
Europe must have a long-term global vision
On this subject, Luca de Meo believes that “ industry must work with policymakers to create the conditions for manufacturing a diverse range of zero-emission models, including small, affordable electric vehicles that are cost-effective to produce in Europe “. The boss of Renault, freshly re-elected at the head of ACEA, proposes the establishment of “ adequate and appropriate incentive systems at all levels ».
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Electric sales are not declining, they even increased by 26% in Europe between January and October of this year. However, we must not relax our efforts. Several macroeconomic events risk cutting into consumers’ budgets over the coming years, and manufacturers are perfectly aware of this. ACEA therefore calls on Europe to adopt “a global approach to the challenges of the automobile industry”.
Concretely, this means looking at all levels of the production chain: manufacturing, mining, energy, infrastructure, etc. In recent years, the European Union has tended to tighten standards for manufacturers. We first think of the ban on the sale of thermal cars from 2035 while seeking to put in place a new standard for them, Euro 7. Without contesting the measures adopted, the ACEA instead calls for “ long-term planning ».
The industry is also asking European lawmakers to accelerate the deployment of charging stations and hydrogen stations. In summary, manufacturers need an extra helping hand and a global and realistic vision of the transition they must make.
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