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Europe: Peugeot chief calls for Brussels to legislate on electric cars [fr]

“I think the European Commission should design a series of measures which can promote the vision they have for a big growth of electric cars,” Ayoul Grouvel said in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.

“It could be authorisation for a new tax level, or a more general electric vehicle policy for Europe,” he added, noting that industry subsidies currently operated unevenly across the EU.

“I think there’s a lot of work to be done,” he said.

To play its part in limiting global warming to 2 degrees, the EU is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80-95% on 1990 levels by 2050. In the transport sector, this means a 70% cut of greenhouse gas emissions, on 2008 figures.

Electric cars are the most cost-effective way of reducing long-term transport CO2 emissions and, if Europe’s fast-growing market continues to double every year, the vehicles will make up 3-4% of overall car sales by 2020, Grouvel said.

But as with innovations like mobile phones and iPads, it would take at least 10 years for customers to get used them. In the meantime, the price tag for research into battery technology was being clipped to internal combustion engine (ICE) cars in an unsustainable way, he said.

“If you want to let the market grow, we have to offset that – not infinitely but for a period of time,” he explained.

Speculation about an anti-dumping case being brought against South Korean car makers Hyunadi and Kia Motors in Brussels was “not the issue today,” Grouvel said. The focus should be kept on public acceptance of electric cars.


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