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Parliamentary questions
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21 January 2021
Question for written answer  E-000362/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Kosma Złotowski (ECR)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Lifespan of electric cars and their effects on the environment

The use of electric cars is supposed to be beneficial to the environment, but in the event of an accident or breakdown many such cars soon turn into electronic waste. Parts are so expensive that it rarely pays to replace them after a collision. It would be cost-effective for owners to make repairs themselves with used parts, but that would void the warranty, so owners decide to scrap damaged vehicles rather than repair them. Research shows that owing to the large amounts of CO2 emitted during the manufacture of electric cars, they only become greener than traditional combustion-engine cars after tens of thousands of kilometres. With that in mind it is particularly important that the lifespan of electric cars is as long as possible.

In the light of the foregoing:

1. In its electromobility strategy, is the Commission intending to take action to encourage Member States also to subsidise the purchase of spare parts in order to make the repair of electric vehicles more cost-effective?

2. Does the Commission have its own data on the optimal lifespan for electric vehicles, and if so, how long should an electric car be used to ensure that its manufacture and use is environmentally neutral?

3. What steps has the Commission taken, or what steps does it intend to take, in order to improve the recycling of electric vehicles and their parts?

Original language of question: PL
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