The EU notes that its automotive manufacturers are bringing important contributions to support sustainable development and salutes their initiative to continue investing in R&D despite facing economic difficulties.
The reports shows that a coordinated policy approach is necessary for the implementation of the various green energy solutions, such as plug-in hybrid systems and fuel cell technology.
“The Communication, however, also highlights the complexity of the tasks ahead and the many stakeholders involved. Some actions can be started immediately, such as agreeing on a European plug to recharge a vehicle. Other measures need still further, careful consideration. For example, commercial transportation is very different from individual mobility, and policies must be shaped accordingly,” said Ivan Hodac, Secretary General of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
The EU has also revived the “CARS21” (Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century) initiative, a project that was launched in 2005 to advance safety and eco goals in a viable way while boosting Europe’s competitiveness.
“A viable policy framework sets feasible objectives, provides predictability to industry, enables technological progress without declaring winners or losers, and assesses the impact of regulatory measures beforehand,” explained Hodac. “Such a framework also provides timely market incentives for breakthrough technologies and supports further investments in R&D with funding and access to capital. Investments in renewable energies and the necessary recharging and refueling infrastructure are a further prerequisite and require the involvement of many parties.”