The European Union is aiming to have at least 30 million zero-emission electric vehicles on its roads by 2030, according to a draft document revealed by Reuters.
The draft is part of a strategy due to be published by the end of 2020, in which the European Union will present measures to approach the EU greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector.
According to the document, “The EU’s goal of climate neutrality by 2050 cannot be reached without introducing very ambitious measures to reduce transport’s reliance on fossil fuels”.
Hitting the bloc’s climate targets will require “at least” 30 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030”, it said.
That is a huge step up from the 1.8 million electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered in Europe at the end of last year, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation.
With countries including France and Slovenia setting out end dates for the sale of new fossil-fuel cars, Europe’s low-emission vehicle sales are growing fast and continued to increase through the coronavirus pandemic this year.
However, the industry has warned that a lack of infrastructure could hamper future sales of clean cars.
The EU document estimates Europe will need 3 million public charging points and 1,000 hydrogen refueling stations by 2030and promises a “roll-out plan with funding opportunities and requirements” next year. Europe currently has about 200,000 charging points.
The Commission declined to comment on the draft, which is subject to change before publication.
The EU will next year propose tighter CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans from 2025, and the draft document says they could be expanded to cover buses.
The document also said Europe’s high-speed rail traffic should double by 2030 and triple by 2050, while zero-emissions aircraft and ships need to be market-ready by 2035.