Transportation & Environment is a European advocacy group whose mission is to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. On its website, it states that its vision is a zero-emission mobility system that is affordable and has minimal impact on our health, climate and environment.
“Founded over 30 years ago, we have shaped some of Europe’s most important environmental laws. We led the EU to set the world’s most ambitious CO2 standards for cars and trucks, but we also helped uncover the dieselgate scandal; we successfully campaigned to end palm oil diesel; secured a global ban on dirty boating fuels and helped create the world’s largest carbon market for aviation – to name a few. Last year, T&E’s campaign led to Uber pledging to electrify much of its European operations.
In other words, these people are no lightweights when it comes to making the case for zero-emission transportation.
There’s a lot of chatter from fossil fuel advocates these days trying to convince us that electric vehicles actually cost Continued to own than conventional cars. There was a piece in the Washington Examiner just today by someone who believes that people don’t really need to buy a new vehicle when they can buy a much cheaper used one. Just scavenge parts from the local junkyard and you can save a ton of money. The author is right, in a somewhat limited way. If your idea for a living is to hang out at the local pick and pull looking for a starter for your 1985 Daewoo, good for you.
The last T&E survey shows battery electric vans are, on average, 25% cheaper to own than equivalent diesel models, with a cost per kilometer of €0.15 for electric and €0.20 for diesel, in the 6 countries studied: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and Great Britain. The group’s calculations include all available government grants. Even ignoring these subsidies, electric vans have a lower cost of ownership in 5 out of 6 countries and are equivalent to diesel vans in Germany when subsidies are excluded.
T&E says tougher policies are needed
Sales of electric cars are increasing in Europe, largely thanks to tougher emissions standards championed by T&E. But standards for vans are more lenient, an oversight T&E thinks the EU should soon remedy. Today, only 3% of new vans are electric, although commercial customers are expressing a strong interest in buy more. He argues that tougher standards would put twice as many electric vans on the road by 2027 compared to proposed European standards, saving owners millions in fuel costs and maintaining million tonnes of carbon dioxide in the air that Europeans breathe.
Given the need to reduce climate emissions, oil consumption and health impacts – and enable van users to reap major economic benefits – T&E urges co-legislators in the European Parliament and Member States to set more robust CO2 emissions targets to accelerate the adoption of e-vans in the next ten years, the organization insists. Among its recommendations are:
- Increase the ambition of the 2025 reduction target from 15% to 25%
- Set an additional interim target of 45% in 2027
- Raise the 2030 target from 50% to 80%
- Guarantee the 100% emissions reduction target by 2035
Politics being what it is, T&E is unlikely to get all the political moves it seeks, but with the new impetus to move away from Russian oil after Vladimir Putin’s atrocities in Ukraine, it could come closer. of her goals that she previously thought were possible.
For commercial vehicle operators, the bottom line is the most important of all considerations. If electric vans are cheaper, demand for them will increase, which will benefit all citizens of Europe — and the world.
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