the 13 main manufacturers could pay 14 billion euros in fines

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Their sales of electrified vehicles would not be sufficient to avoid exceeding the threshold of 95 grams of CO2, per kilometer, required by the EU.

The iconic Volkswagen Autostadt, at the headquarters of the German manufacturer in Wolfsburg.
The iconic Volkswagen Autostadt, at the headquarters of the German manufacturer in Wolfsburg. Fabian Bimmer / REUTERS

The amount is colossal. According to the PA Consulting study entitled “C02 emissions are increasing, because makers must act “, the thirteen main manufacturers present in Europe should pay together 14 billion euros in penalties in 2021, for exceeding the thresholds of CO levels2 required by the European Union. Indeed, their sales of electrified vehicles in 2020 should not be enough to prevent them from exceeding the threshold of 95 grams per kilometer on average, triggering fines …

PA Consulting even observes that after four years of improvement, the manufacturers’ emission levels increased in 2018. The reason? Strong consumer demand for powerful and heavy vehicles, and SUVs. Another factor, the abandonment of diesel vehicles (less CO emitter2) for the benefit of those with petrol.

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