Based on EU legislation, the average gas emission for each vehicle manufacturer for vehicles registered from 1/1/2021 in Europe, must be 95 g CO2/km. But, what does this mean in practice? This means that in order to classify for example a BMW M4, they should classify at first two i3, so that the average of the three vehicles remains below the 95 gr CO2/km. This will evoke immediate dramatic changes to cars produced and marketed within the EU. Already, the very small vehicles with a thermal engine are getting disappeared, as, in the average gas emission a weight/difficulty factor is also contained. Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108, Citroen C1 stopped being manufactured, Smart is now only electric, Fiat Panda got a hybrid version and Fiat 500 becomes electric.
If we apply the fines provided for the classifications of the new cars who emit more than 95 gr CO2/km, making business inside EU will become unprofitable for car manufacturers. The only solution left, if they want to stay active, is to pass on the cost to the buyers. The fine that the VAG Group (they classify the most cars in the EU and they have lots of electric cars) would have to pay today, with the new stricter limit, is 9 billion euros! Volvo states that it prefers spending money on the development of non-polluting vehicles instead of fines and has already set a target of 25% of its sales for this year to be plug-in hybrid vehicles emitting less than 50 grams of CO2/km.
It seems that all manufacturers will pass on some of the cost of fines to consumers, the new car will become much more expensive and only people in very good financial condition will be able to buy it. Trends such as car sharing in combination with autonomous driving will become more popular for people who don’t want their vehicle being parked when they don’t need it. Nowadays, in Athens, vehicles are parked or stuck in traffic the 90% of the time. Imagine Athens with far fewer cars, which would be electric, autonomous, constantly in circulation and they could communicate not only with each other but also and with the traffic lights so that there wouldn’t be any traffic jams. Is it a science fiction script? Do you know that in Trikala there are two autonomous electric buses which transfer passengers and they don’t need a driver?
Such actions promote “mobility”. We have no doubt that until the conversations in our country,
concerning the delimitation of electric skates will end, the debate on limiting cars will begin so that they won’t disturb electric skates and other forms of mobility such as e scooter, pedelec bicycles etc.
According to car manufacturers who are getting prepared for the new, completely different form of automobility, in a decade, about 40% of new vehicles, will be plugged in. Whether we talk about hybrid or electric vehicles, manufacturers of vehicles have decided to direct many of their investments in the development of batteries and electric engines. In almost all the countries of the Western world the percentage of electric cars in circulation is increased, reaching in some of them a double-digit market share. This trend will gain momentum in the following years when the European capitals and major cities adopt the EU directive and prohibit the circulation of vehicles emitting more than 50 gr CO2/ km in their center. There will be a different ring where there will no longer be an odd or even number. The European logic “polluter pays” that is currently in force on the traffic charges of the new cars will be renamed as “polluter circuits limitedly “.How far are we from all these in Greece? When you see a taxi with a Euro 2 specification, purchased in 2003-2004, leaving a black smoke behind every time the driver speeds up, it’s hard to believe that this day is approaching for Athens. But it is our estimation that this day is no more than five years away.
The purpose of this conference is to clarify through the positions of institutionals of the EU and the government how far we are from this day. Not only as far as the time is concerned, but also regarding infrastructure, mentality, culture and adequacy in power generation from renewable energy. The placements of market players as well as specialized engineers, professors who work on future technologies will highlight the path to the new electrified era of driving in our country. Careful steps are needed to prepare ourselves as country and as consumers for this transition. Steps that will be based on both international experience and good practice such as Norway, which is the leader in electric driving.
With the Athens’ road network designed for 1.5 million vehicles, while today there are the twice number of cars circulating, it is crucial for our lives to take action to reduce pollution, noise pollution and traffic. Citizen’s health and the corresponding reduction in spending combined with saving on fossil fuels is great, the IOBE says the state is profitable even if it subsidizes 7,000 euros for the
purchase of every new vehicle with very low emissions. Picture of a 20 year old SUV with 3 differentials and permanent four-wheel drive downtown, e.g. by Mitsubishi Outlander next to a similar state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid model, whose thermal engine does not run in urban tissue, is characteristic of the situation in Athens today.
PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle or HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) pollute less or not at all where they circulate but they do pollute! The key question is how much they pollute overall, in relation to vehicles using oil or gas thermal engine (ICE). A question that takes on a completely different dimension in our country until we are deregulated from lignite.
The changes in automobility in the next years will be dramatic. It is important to hear from executives of the world’s largest car manufacturing companies about the direction that automobility will take, to know what they plan for its future, those who determine it. What will be the changes not only in the appearance but also in the operation of vehicles?
An increase in the number of hybrid / electric vehicles, despite their modern active safety systems, will lead to their involvement in road accidents / deaths. Electric vehicles may be safer due to the fact that they do not have a massive thermal engine, but a possible leakage of electricity or dangerous liquids from the batteries should be handled by suitably trained rescuers, especially in the event of a person being trapped. Appropriate training is required and we must focus on the actions that must be taken by the construction companies in synergy with Road Traffic and Fire Brigade in this area to create skilled rescuers to distinguish hybrid / electric models and know how to act in each case.
Infrastructure, networks, power stations, charging specifications.
Using electric cars
Hybrid, but how much?
What makes the “Charge ‘n Go” Forum different?
It is being held as part of an exhibition for electromobility where all the sector will participate. It is an enterprise in our country, this is an innovative endeavor. The Electromobility 2020 exhibition will include individual workshops and open-air discussions aimed at further detailing specific areas suchas drafting legislation but coordinating effective actions to educate the public on the new form of
automotive driving, electric driving.
Reasons to Participate
“Charge ‘n Go” Forum is a unique opportunity to present the international trends in electric driving, technological developments and Greece’s inferiority in specific areas. The aim is to create a level of minimum understanding / communication between stakeholders with a view to taking actions, legislative initiatives, infrastructure and facilities for the next day of electromobility.
• The expected audience attending “Charge 'n Go” Forum talks, panels and workshops include
different groups of professionals with one thing in common: All about driving in our country:
• Car Importing companies: High-level executives working in importing companies seeking to make
the new technology available to the brand they represent more widely known.
• Electric vehicle manufacturers such as scooters or roller skates
• Insurance: Insurance executives who have every reason to invest in new, safer vehicles.
• Journalists and editors of Special press
• Institutions: Region, Municipalities, Special Standing Committee on Road Safety, Ministry of
Infrastructure and Transport, Ministry of Energy and the Environment, Parties, Traffic police, Fire
Brigade, National emergency center
• Association of Greek Transport Professionals
• Αcademic community
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