It’s a well established fact that
electric vehiclesmake less of an impact on the environment than gas and diesel powered models. But that doesn’t mean they’ve reached net-zero. The manufacturing process can be particularly destructive—especially in battery production.
Some might want to skirt around this issue, but in
Germany, automakers and governments are tackling it head-on.
German EV consortium designed to adhere to upcoming EU rules
The move to electric vehicles in Europe is miles ahead of where we are in North America.
Tax creditsand incentives encouraged EV sales to spike dramatically across the continent, even surpassing the sale of traditional vehicles in some countries.
The success of EV adoption is in part thanks to the European Union, which is now setting its regulatory sights on electric vehicle production itself. A new, proposed bill would force EV makers to disclose their carbon footprint starting in 2024.
BMW and its partners in the new consortium are developing the tracking system to meet the new regulations.
Germany is turning into a major EV producer
BMW might be the first German automaker to work toward tracking its ecological footprint, but it isn’t the only car company in the country trying to become more
Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen both have aggressive goals for shifting their subbrands from internal combustion to battery power. By 2030, Mercedes hopes to completely transition into an electric car producer.
The much bigger Volkswagen expects to do the same by 2040, and
Auto Newssays the company also plans to build a new EV plant near its headquarters in Wolfsburg.
The new “Trinity” factory is in part a response to VW’s biggest electric car rival, Tesla, which opened a
new factorynear Berlin in March.
Prices for German-made EVs remain high
A lot has been done to try to lower the entry point for electric car ownership of the last few years. But all the other economic woes circling the globe right now have kept prices for EVs high. Models from BMW, Mercedes, and Volkswagen are no exception.
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