Car manufacturers threatened with 3.3 billion euros in fines from EU, according to study

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The management consultancy Deloitte warns the car industry of high penalties. The C02 fleet limits could only be met by selling more e-cars.

According to a study, ten car manufacturers are threatened with EU fines totalling 3.3 billion euros next year for high CO2 values. Short-term measures such as discounts for their electrified or particularly economical cars could hardly cushion this, explained the industry experts from the management consultancy Deloitte in Munich. The names of the car manufacturers were not mentioned.

Last year, new cars emitted 108 grams of CO2 per kilometre on average in the EU. Since January, the EU has prescribed a maximum value of 95 grams for climate protection. Large, heavy cars may emit a little more. This year the manufacturers can still leave out the five percent of their fleet with the worst values in the calculation. But in 2021 things will get serious. For every gram above the limit, 95 euros will be charged – for every car sold.

By 2030, the EU will gradually lower the limit further to 59 grams. The share of plug-in hybrids and electric cars in new registrations is expected to rise to 11 percent this year and to 34 percent by 2026, according to the Deloitte study. The share of SUV vehicles is expected to rise to 41 percent – and 40 percent of these SUVs will then be on the road with plug-in hybrid or electric drive, but only 32 percent of the other cars.

“The profit margins on the large SUVs are high,” explained Deloitte industry expert Thomas Schiller. With electrified SUVs, manufacturers could practically kill two birds with one stone.

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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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