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ZERO-EMISSION CARS ARE PLAYING A KEY ROLE TO FIGHT POLLUTION

Data show that, although sales of electric cars in the European Union have doubled in 2013, zero-emission vehicles still only account for one in every 250 new cars sold.

Electric cars represent a key element of governmental policies in order to tackle both air pollution and climate change. However, car manufacturers have strongly criticized the rules that aim to cut emissions.

According to the analysis of the Transport & Environment (T&E) campaign group, almost 50,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in 2013, up from 22,000 in 2012.

Researches outline that electric cars are growing strongly, but these vehicles are too expensive for many people at the same time. In relation to that, experts positively estimate that the price will decrease over time, making this technology ready to compete.

Cars are responsible for 15% of Europe’s total CO2 emissions. As vehicle subsidies were not sustainable, cutting the permitted overall emissions for the fleet of cars produced by each manufacturer was more effective in incentivizing zero-emission cars, expert say.

The European Union is working to set stronger actions in this field. However, policymakers have recently postponed a planned consultation on the limit for 2025 or 2030.

In relation to that, many local authorities have launched measures to penalize diesel vehicles in order to reduce the cities’ illegal levels of air pollution. In this way, electric cars play a crucial role in the aim of solving the problems of severe air pollution in cities.

In this context, experts stress the urgency to undertake stricter and more effective mechanisms across the board in order to cut emissions in a definitive way.

 

The gLAWcal Team

EPSEI project

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

(Source: The Guardian)