The Commission has been preparing a proposal to set new limits on car CO2 emissions for the period after 2020. Drafts of the proposal circulating in the Commission stipulate a 25-35 percent emissions reduction target for 2030, with an interim target in 2025.
The drafts also call for automakers to be forced to produce a minimum of 15-20 percent zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), meaning mostly electric cars, by 2030.
The proposal – the second mobility package, dealing mostly with environmental aspects of transport – is due to be unveiled on 8 November. But in the run-up to that date, a barrage of lobbying from German automakers could kill the ZEV mandate and the 2025 interim target.
Matthias Wissmann, head of the German auto lobby group VDA, spoke on the phone to Martin Selmayr, the powerful chief of staff to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, on Thursday. He also spoke to EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete on Friday.