Autos Must Accelerate EV Production to Meet Climate Goals

Major auto manufacturers need to pick up the pace of their electric vehicle production and ease off their anti-climate lobbying activities to align with net zero 2050 pathways, according to InfluenceMap. The UK think tank’s analysis of IHS Markit data found that only Mercedes-Benz and Tesla are on track to be aligned with the International Energy Agency’s 1.5°C trend for zero-emission vehicle production by 2029 (which requires 57.5% of all vehicle sales to be zero-emission by 2030). On current plans, more than two thirds of global light-duty vehicle production will still be powered by internal combustion engines by 2029. Noting “limited improvements” in the past two years, InfluenceMap’s analysis of the lobbying activities of 12 global auto manufacturers found “an increasing division” between the firms embracing and opposing the migration to zero-emission production.

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