Automotive: manufacturers pass the CO2 barrier … except Volkswagen

Posted on Jan 22, 2021 3:29 PMUpdated Jan 22, 2021, 3:58 PM

It came close to it, but the goal was still missed. The Volkswagen group acknowledged on Thursday that it had not reached for the year 2020 the targets for reducing CO2 emissions for new cars set by the European Commission, and that it will therefore have to comply with a fine. The German manufacturer seems the only one to have stumbled on the obstacle which has long shaken the auto industry, even if the suspense remains in the case of Ford. The electrification of sales in the forced-market auto industry has nonetheless generally borne fruit, it seems.

Volkswagen has however activated all possible levers to reduce the average CO2 emitted per kilometer for all of its new cars registered in the Union. In one year, deliveries of 100% electric vehicles have notably increased fourfold, reaching a total of 315,000 units. The share of electrified vehicles in registrations (also including plug-in hybrids) jumped from 1.7% in 2019 to 9.7% last year.

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