European automakers are asking for a five-year extension to meet new emissions guidelines, saying they don’t have the technology ready for 2025’s target goals.
The request came through the European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (ACEA), which asked the governing European Commission for the delay, reported Automotive News Europe.
“ACEA is arguing that the car industry needs until 2030 – or about two full model cycles – to meet a new target,” said Automotive News Europe.
To be in compliance, European automaker’s CO2 emissions must reach an average of 95 grams per km over the next six years. And by 2025, the standards will tighten to a range between 68 g/km and 78 g/km. In comparison, last year’s CO2 emissions averaged 123 g/km.
According to ACEA, “it may not be possible” to reach the 2025 goal because the industry has already reached the efficiency limits of traditional technology.
“Before the industry is in a realistic position to make any new commitments beyond 2020, it needs to assess consumer uptake and the impact of an increased and wider portfolio of alternative powertrains including electric, hybrid, fuel-cell and natural gas-powered vehicles over the next years,” ACEA stated.
The organization is calling for additional infrastructure to offer more charging options, along with upgraded incentives to boost sales of electrified vehicles.
Per vehicle costs have been another obstacle for European automakers, which already report low profit margins. Building a vehicle that meets current emission standards costs about 1,000 euros per vehicles, said Arndt Ellinghorst, an analyst with ISI Evercore.
Poor EV sales and additional production costs are not convincing everyone to back down on the 2025 standards, though.
“Our research shows one simple fact: without fuel efficiency standards for cars, vans and lorries, EU countries will struggle to meet their 2030 climate obligations,” said Transport & Environment manager William Todts. “But if the EU sets 2025 standards for cars, vans and trucks, the climate targets could be reached in a way that is good for both the economy and the environment.”