ACEA, the European vehicle manufacturers association, has called for governments to help generate more demand for electric vehicles following a slump in sales growth.
Erik Jonnaert, secretary general of ACEA, said the alternative fuel market was ‘close to stagnation’ with growth of just 0.6% in Q2 2016.
The drop in growth will concern manufacturers which are investing heavily in alternative fuel powertrains to meet an EU ambition to accelerate the shift towards ultra-low emission vehicles by 2030.
He warned: “The absence of an imminent market breakthrough might tempt some to argue that electric vehicles remain a business without a business case.”
He added that promoting their uptake was the key and called on governments across Europe to increase their support through policy changes that were harmonised across borders.
Achieving this could lead to electric and hybrid vehicles taking 8% market share by 2025 and delivering a 15% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 compared to 2015.
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