ACEA says that without improved conditions, unlikely full potential of e-mobility will be met; need for standards, coordinated approach to incentives, R&D support; 2–8% market penetration for next decade
7 January 2013
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is warning that under current conditions, it is unlikely that the full potential of e-mobility will be met.
This is partly due to the current economic situation, with declining sales of vehicles. However, the trade association says, it is to a large extent also due to slow progress in charging standards; the fragmentation of internal market as a result of uncoordinated approach to market incentives; a lack of dedicated support for R&D; and no clear and unified vision on infrastructure.
E-mobility can be part of a long-term solution to our mobility challenges. However, we need to have the right framework conditions if it is to really take off. It will only be possible to book real progress if there is full cooperation between utility providers, infrastructure companies, the energy sector, standardisation bodies and the automotive industry—with the full support of national governments and the European institutions.—Ivan Hodac, ACEA Secretary General
Standardizing the connection between the electricity grid and electrically-chargeable vehicles is one of the prerequisites to help e-mobility gain a viable market share, ACEA says. It provides predictability to investors, enables economies of scale, reduces costs for all stakeholders and is essential in increasing user acceptance.
The industry has stressed the need for a single harmonized plug system for the recharging of electric vehicles on both the vehicle and the infrastructure sides, and already agreed on a joint proposal for an EU-wide charging system last year. However, ACEA said that the industry is very concerned by the lack of progress in creating the framework to meet these goals.
This was one of the key incentives for ACEA members to revise their position on electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) and to lower their expectations for the future market share of these vehicles. ACEA now forecasts the future market penetration of ECVs to be in the range of 2–8% for the next decade, with significant differences among manufacturers depending on their individual strategies.
The ACEA members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT S.p.A., Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO S.p.A., Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group.
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