EU Policy Engagement

Together with partners and EV100 members, we are actively engaging the European Union to call for a legislation to accelerate the electric vehicle transition.

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CO2 standards for trucks

On 13th May, the Council has formally adopted the Regulation on CO2 emission standards for HDVs, de facto concluding the legislative procedure that started in February 2023 with the publication of the proposal by the European Commission.

We were pleased to work with EV100+ members before and during the decision-making process advocating for ambitious CO2 emissions reduction targets and successfully pushing back the attempts to promote biofuels and efuels.

Activities on Truck CO2 standards

April 2024 - Call to MEPs to adopt the Regulation text

On 10th April, ahead of the plenary vote on the text of the Regulation agreed in trilogue, we sent an email to MEPs asking to adopt the text as it is and reject amendments aimed at lower ambition.

April 2024 - letter backed by 38 businesses to MEPs

On 3rd April, we sent a letter to MEPs supported by 38 companies and calling for the adoption of the Regulation on CO2 emission standards for HDVs as agreed in trilogue.

October/November 2023 - EV100+ statement to MEPs

In October and November 2023, ahead of the votes in the EP, EV100+ members sent a statement to MEPs. 

June 2023 - Letter backed by 41 businesses calling for raised ambition on CO2 standards

On 26 June 2023, we sent a letter supported by 41 businesses calling for more ambitious CO2 standards in 2030 and a phase out date for polluting trucks.

June 2023 - EV100+ position paper

On 20 June 2023, we sent EV100+ position paper to policy-makers

February 2023 - Call to EU Commission to include a phase out date for ICE trucks

In February 2023, following the publication of the Commission’s proposal, despite it is a first step in the right direction, we criticized it for missing an ambitious phase out date of ICEs trucks.  Read the full reaction here

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Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR)

The Regulation on Alternative Fuel Infrastructure (Afir) entered into force on 13 April 2024. 

The European Commission published a Q&A to support Member States in the technical implementation of AFIR

The aim of AFIR is to make use and payment at charging points easier, even without an existing electricity purchase agreement. 

The regulation applies to new charging points with immediate effect, while existing charging points with a capacity of 50 kW or more must be retrofitted by 2027. The requirement to install a card terminal only applies to newly installed DC charging points with a charging capacity of 50 kW or more. 

Activities on AFIR

March 2024 - Letter calling for ambitious targets for public charging deployment

Ahead of the final trilogue meeting in March, we sent a letter to policymakers calling for ambitious targets in the deployment of publicly accessible charging infrastructures for both light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles. 

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Corporate Fleet Mandate

In February, the European Commission launched a public consultation on Greening Corporate Fleets. Responses can be sent until 8th of July. 

Activities on an EU-wide corporate fleet mandate

March 2024 - Conference organised on corporate fleet mandates in Brussels

On 8th March, we supported the Platform for Electromobility in organising a conference on this topic in Brussels. Speakers included representatives of the European Commission, IKEA, Uber, T&E, Leaseurope, Renault Group, BEUC and French MP Damien Adam.

October 2023 - Letter to President Maroš Šefčovič

In October 2023, we wrote to the new European Commission Executive Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič welcoming him to the role and urging him to accelerate the electrification of fleets across the EU.

July 2023 - Letter alongside 7 EV100 members calling for a corporate fleet mandate

In July 2023, we restated, alongside seven EV100 members (An Post, AstraZeneca, Unilever, IKEA, Grundfos, Tesco and Vattenfall) the need for a corporate fleet mandate to promote the transition to zero emission vehicles ahead of 2035.

May 2023 - Letter to policymakers urging the acceleration of fleet electrification

Together with BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, and the NGO Transport & Environment, we sent a letter to EU policymakers asking to accelerate the electrification of fleet trough the Greening Corporate Fleets Initiative.

February 2023 - Letter backed by 9 businesses calling for a legally binding corporate fleet mandate

Together with Transport & Environment and our EV100 members An Post, AstraZeneca, Coca Cola, Unilever, IKEA, Grundfos, LeasePlan, Tesco and Vattenfall, we sent a letter to the European Commission calling for a legally binding corporate fleet mandate. 

Our activities

We set up an EV100 EU Policy Working Group in 2020 to provide a forum for discussion on how we can, with our members, support policies that accelerate the EV transition across the EU. 

Call to MEPs to reject low carbon fuels in the definition of “zero emission” vehicles

In November 2023, ahead of the vote in the plenary of the European Parliament on the Euro 7 Regulation, we called on MEPs to reject attempts to define e-fuels, biofuels and blends of low carbon fuels as “zero emission”.

Letter urging MEPs to adopt an ambitious Regulation on trucks

In October 2023, EV100+ members, IKEA, Geopost, Maersk and Unilever called on MEPs to adopt ambitious CO2 emission reduction targets and to scale up the production of zero tailpipe emission trucks in Europe, and to reject any mechanism creating loopholes and favoring biofuels and e-fuels ahead of the ENVI vote on the issue.

You can read more here

Letter to European Commission Executive Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič

In October 2023, we wrote to the new European Commission Executive Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič welcoming him to the role and urging him to accelerate the electrification of fleets across the EU. You can read the letter here

EV100+ position paper on the EU regulation of CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles

In June 2023, we sent our EV100+ position paper on the EU regulation of CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles to members of the European Parliament. Read our paper here

A call to the European Parliament to increase the ambition of the Commission’s proposal for a fast transition to zero emission trucks

In June 2023, alongside a group of global businesses and organisations, we called on the EU to increase the ambition of the Commission’s proposal for a fast transition to zero emission trucks.

Call on EU to adopt 100% zero emission target for corporate fleets by 2030

In May 2023, alongside T&E and BEUC, we sent a letter to the European Commission calling on the EU to adopt a 100% zero emission target for corporate fleets by 2030. You can read more about this here.

Call on EU to maintain 2035 ICE ban

In March 2023, 47 businesses signed our letter urging the EU not to overturn a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, following pressure from a number of Member States.

You can read the letter here.

Letter on the deployment of publicly accessible charging infrastructure

March 2023 - Ahead of the next trilogue meeting on Alternative Fuels Infrastructures Regulation (Afir), 17 companies and organisations are calling for ambitious targets in the deployment of publicly accessible charging infrastructures for both light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles.

Businesses are ready to lead the transition to electric vehicles. Confidence in adequate infrastructure provisions is crucial to their ability to move forward at pace and scale.

We sincerely hope that negotiating parties will support the targets for light-duty vehicles as proposed by the European Parliament's position and for heavy-duty vehicles in line with the most ambitious scenario in the European Commission's impact assessment. 

You can read the letter here

Call to the European Commission for a corporate fleet mandate

In February 2023, we signed a letter alongside EV100 members that called for the European Commission to put in place measures that accelerate the shift to electric fleets.

Following this, in July 2023, we restated, alongside seven EV100 members, the need for a corporate fleet mandate to promote the transition to zero emission vehicles ahead of 2035, reduce emissions and boost the second-hand EV market.

Letter to the European Commission urging against a delay in Regulation on CO2 emission standards

In January 2023, together with other organizations, we sent a letter to the European Commission calling for no delay in the publication of the proposal for a Regulation on CO2 emission standards for HDVs.

You can read the letter here.

Call to the European Commission for a 2035 deadline for zero emission trucks in the EU

In December 2022 alongside industry partners, we sent a letter to the European Commission signed by a broad coalition of 45 internationally recognised companies including Siemens, Unilever and Maersk. We called on the Commission to ensure all new freight trucks to be zero emission by 2035, with a limited exception for vocational trucks. 

You can read the full letter here

European environmental, health and consumer groups urge Commission to make all new trucks zero emission by 2035

In November 2022, EV100+ teamed up with other NGOs to ask the European Commission to make all new trucks zero emission by 2035.

You can read more here.

Call to end the sale of combustion engine vehicles by 2035 and rejecting all attempts to exempt vehicles running on e-fuels

In October 2022, EV100 co-signed a letter to reject exempting vehicles with combustion engines running on e-fuels after the 2035 cut-off date.

The letter also had the support of ECOS, Iberdrola, ChargePoint, EVBOX, Volvo, UFE, FPPE, Vattenfall, Eurelectric, Greenway, ECI, Arrival, and Allego.

You can read the full letter here

Call for a target for all new urban bus sales to be zero emission from 2027

In October 2022, EV100 co-signed an industry letter calling on the Commission to propose a target for all new urban bus sales to be zero emission from 2027. 

The letter had over 30 other signatories including cities Barcelona and Paris.

You can read the full letter here

Open industry call to members of the European Parliament and EU Governments on Fit for 55 Package

In May 2022, in partnership with Transport & Environment we called for EU Parliament and Member state support for the Commissions proposed EU-wide phase-out date for the sales for new internal combustion engine (ICE) passenger cars and vans by no later than 2035. 13 EV100 members supported the call, including An Post, Currys, Danfoss, EDP Grundfos, Iberdrola, LeasePlan, Novo Nordisk, Solar Group, Tesco, Unilever, Vattenfall and Zurich.

EV100 letter to MEPs

In December 2021, EV100 with the support of 12 members wrote to key policymakers in European Parliament to call for the ambition of the European Commission's Fit for 55 Package proposals to be maintained and strengthened in several areas. This includes maintaining the 2035 phase out date for ICE vehicles and including ambitious interim targets, as well as strengthening the proposals on charging infrastructure. This letter was signed by An Post, Currys, Danfoss, Delta Electronics, Grundfos, Iberdrola, Ingka Group (IKEA), LeasePlan, Novo Nordisk, Unilever, Vattenfall and Zurich.

You can read the letter and our recommendations here.

EV100 letter to EU Commissioners on Fit for 55 Package

In May 2021, EV100 with the support of 10 EV100 members sent a letter to EU Commissioners to call for ambitious electric vehicle legislation as part of the Fit for 55 Package. As part of this letter, we advocated for: strengthened CO2 emission performance standards aligned with a phase-out date of new ICE vehicles for no later than 2035; revision of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive to support greater charging infrastructure deployment; exclusion of road transport from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; among other policy recommendations. This letter was signed and supported by Energias de Portugal (EDP), E.ON, Iberdrola, Ingka Group (IKEA), LeasePlan, Lime, Novo Nordisk, Tesco, Unilever and Vattenfall.

You can read our initial response to the release of the Fit for 55% Package here.

2035 ICE phaseout campaign

In April 2021, we joined other industry bodies to call for an EU-wide phase-out date for the sales for new internal combustion engine (ICE) passenger cars and vans by no later than 2035. 9 EV100 members also supported the call, including Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Iberdrola, Ingka Group, LeasePlan, Lime, METRO AG, Novo Nordisk, Sky Group and Vattenfall.

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