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Published on February 3rd, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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EU Needs More Electric Cars & Hybrids To Meet Carbon Goals



A new study by Ricardo-AEA has found that the European Union (EU) needs to get a lot more pure electric and hybrid electric cars into the hands of consumers in order to meet its 2025 carbon reduction goals (presumably, getting more people to bike or take mass transit would work just as well).




 
“The consultancy, which advises governments and companies, looked at a set of scenarios for 2025 in the study, commissioned by campaign groups Greenpeace and Transport & Environment and seen by Reuters prior to official publication,” Reuters writes.

“It found that an average of 70 g/km across the bloc could be achieved by 2025 if new car sales were divided roughly equally between hybrid and conventional cars. The resulting extra manufacturing costs of around 1,615 euros ($2,200) for a hybrid car could be paid back in less than three years through fuel savings.

“The same goal could be reached if new car sales included 7 percent electric vehicles and then only 22 percent hybrid cars, the study found.”

This is part of an experimental “Sunday quickies” series in which we quickly cover stories recent stories for which we didn’t have time during the previous week.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



  • Otis11

    Now this is a good “quickie”!

    Even if you can’t cover a full article it gave proper background and context, addressed two alternatives… More detail would be great, but then again that wouldn’t be a quickie now would it?

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