A new European Environment Agency report concluded that the growth in electric vehicle use will result in extra energy demand in the European Union (EU-28) of 150GW in case of a share of 80% of all vehicles running on electricity by 2050: Europe’s total electricity consumption by electric vehicles will increase from approximately 0.03 % in 2014 to 9.5 % in 2050.

Despite previous technological improvements, the transport sector contributes around one quarter of Europe’s GHG emissions, thereby contributing to climate change. Emissions from road vehiclesapart from contributing to one quart of EU’s GHG emission  also contribute to high concentrations of air pollutants in many European cities, Six out 10 Euroepan cities don’t meet air quality standards set by the EU and the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the report an increase in electric vehicle use will result in:

  • lower CO2 and air pollutant emissions from the road transport sector itself;
  • higher emissions from associated electricity production;
  • an overall net benefit in terms of lower emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and the air pollutants nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM);
  • an overall increase in sulphur dioxide (SO2) due to emissions from the electricity-generating sector.

At the EU H2020 Transport infoday on Septemeber 28, 2016  it was announced that the next call coming out October 4, 2016 will include 122 mln for Green Vehicles Research  including a topic on establsihing battery production faciltiies.