VIDEO: ‘EVs Will Be Mainstream By 2020’

Europe will see an ‘exponential’ uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in less than two years time. 

Better cars and better prices will drive demand for EVs, said Philippe Vangeel, Secretary General, European Association for Electromobility 

Europe will see an ‘exponential’ uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in less than two years time. 

That’s according to Philippe Vangeel, Secretary General, European Association for Electromobility (AVERE), who spoke exclusively to Impact4All in Munich, Germany.

“In 2020, we will see exponential take up of EVs in Europe when car producers finally take off and come out with a lot of different models,” said Vangeel.

“By then, EVs will have more price settings and more purposes. Battery costs will also be lower by then. By 2020, there is no way back,” he said.

AVERE, which was founded in Belgium four decades ago, is a European network of members including users, NGOs, associations, R&D entities and EV manufacturers. Its mission is to fast-forward the uptake of EVs by popularising the concept with the public and lobbying for better EVs and related infrastructure.

“We believe battery-powered cars are the best solution [for the planet].” Vangeel said. “We need better choices, better prices and better charging infrastructures. These are the key barriers today and we see that in the near future these will all get solved.”

Decarbonising transport is central to achieving Europe’s policy commitments on climate change. The transport sector is expected to deliver a 60 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU by 2050. Achieving these commitments is expected to require a complete decarbonisation of the passenger car fleet.

Today there are about three million electric passenger vehicles on the road, according to The Masdar Report on Technologies for Future Smart City Transit. By 2040, with performance improvements and competitive pricing, over one-third of vehicles will be electric, the report said. 

The transport sector accounts for about 30% of global energy consumption and has the lowest renewable energy share of any sector, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. 

It accounts for around a quarter of the world’s energy-related emissions of greenhouse gases. Emissions growth in the transport sector is the highest of all sectors, and is expected to increase by over one-third by 2030.

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