Diesel engines will account for 9 percent of new-car sales in Europe by 2030 – down from about 50 percent today – as automaker are forced to rely on electrified powertrains to meet tougher emissions rules, according to a study by AlixPartners. AlixPartners expects that by 2022 the number of European plants manufacturing diesel and gasoline models will decrease to 55 from 62 last year. At the same time, plants that builds electric motors and electrified models will grow to 40 by 2022 from 26 now. AlixPartners estimates that it will cost a combined 30 billion euros by 2030 to develop an adequate recharging infrastructure in four European big cities: London, Paris, Frankfurt and Milan. So far, just 5 percent of that total has been committed.

“Automakers are setting a daunting roadmap for electrification in Europe, but without an adequate infrastructure development, their efforts could be pointless. Infrastructure development is the big challenge within the electrification challenges.” Said Stefano Aversa, AlixPartners Vice Chairman.

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