Over the past few years, the automotive segment has turned to electrification. In addition to being a trend, it is also an asset for brands to meet the targets for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the European Union (EU).

Car brands have been accounting for CO2 emissions and possible fines.

Car brands under the eye of the EU because of CO2 emissions

With the entry of 2021, there are several changes in various segments of society. In terms of the motor vehicle segment, the average emission limit of 95 g / km of CO2 will now have to be met strictly by the manufacturers.

Remember that, to facilitate the entire transition, builders benefit from some benefits. In 2020, it only accounted for 95% of the range, and models with CO2 emissions below 50 g / km counted twice. In 2021, it will count 100% of the range and vehicles with less than 50 g / km of CO2 will count 1.66 times and in 2022, the last year in which this will happen, they will count 1.33 times, says the DN.

Car brands under the eye of the EU because of CO2 emissions

Speaking to DN, the PSA Group, led by Carlos Tavares and which owns Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Opel, referred to wanting to meet the emissions target for 2020. “The PSA Group has, for some time, made a public commitment to reduce the average level of CO2 emissions from its vehicles sold globally by 30% by 2025 and by 55% by 2035, compared to 2012 ”, explains Jorge Magalhães, communications director.

Adding that CO2 is the motivator "number 1 in all decisions taken by the PSA Group", which by the end of 2020 had the objective of achieving "an improvement in the average CO2 emissions of its vehicles in the order of 15% compared to 2019".

With emissions ... Brands bet more and more on electric vehicles

Bearing in mind the limitations of the European Union, it is normal for brands to bet more and more on electric vehicles. According to a study by Zero, EU electric cars emit 66% less CO2 compared to diesel cars and 68% less with gasoline cars. For the study, it was considered, for 2020, a car model of medium capacity, and a useful life of the vehicle in the order of 225 000 kilometers. You can find out more here.

Ricardo Tomaz, Volkswagen's communications director, points out that the group "should be very close to 95 g / km, but not below" and that "there are sufficient provisions to face possible fines, if they occur".

Car brands under the eye of the EU because of CO2 emissions

Nuno Costa, communications director at Porsche Ibérica, said that “Ten years from now, only one in ten Porsche sold will be combustion. Porsche has consistently reduced emissions every year. He also stresses that with the launch of the Taycan tram, “we managed to further reduce our emissions with the range mix. At the moment, we have synergies through the VW Group that allow us to continue to have vehicles that do not meet the 95 g / km limit, but that are balanced through our hybrid and electric offer ”.

Sérgio Ribeiro, administrator responsible for the operations in Portugal for Honda and Hyundai, points out that the brands are making their way to meet the goals. The Japanese brand, which will have to buy emissions credits from Tesla, highlights the commitment to eco-mobility (with the anticipation for 2022 of electrification of the European range), while the South Korean one highlights “the strong investment in the development of ecological engines.

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