The ACEA lobby supports the Union’s “green deal” project and intends to contribute to it, but not without support.

Mike Manley, Fiat Chrysler boss and president of the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA), is convinced: “Carbon neutral road transport is possible. “ The lobby he leads, and which includes sixteen European firms, or established in Europe (the Japanese Honda and Toyota, American Ford and the Korean Hyundai), thus supports ” fully “ the draft Green Deal of the Union European Union and intends to contribute to it with its “pact” project, presented Wednesday January 22 in Brussels.

However, this support comes with a series of very explicit requests and a reminder of the challenges facing this sector. For the first time in six years, he expects a decline in sales (- 2%) in 2020, feared the impact of trade wars and may be subject to huge fines if EU rules in force since 1 st  January (a limit average emission of 95 grams of CO 2 per kilometer for new vehicles) are actually applied.

Yes to the Paris climate agreement, but not just in any way, and not without support: this is, in essence, the position of a sector which, according to its leaders, is preparing for type changes “Seismic”. ACEA notably subscribes to the ambition to reduce car emissions by 60% (compared to 2005) by 2030, and by 30% for trucks. Provided that a “global” policy is defined.

What does this imply? That financial incentives allow the consumer to acquire low-emission vehicles that will remain expensive in the near future given the cost of the technologies necessary for their production. If not helped, the buyer will probably hesitate to renew his car. At present, a French guard an average of nine years, a Hungarian, fourteen, and a Greek, sixteen, said the association. The transition will also require massive investment by the public authorities in the development of recharging points.

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The manufacturers also insist that the European Commission display its “technological neutrality”, in other words that it sets objectives, but without favoring such or such technology, and without supporting such or such option defined by a national authority or local.