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Parliamentary questions
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12 May 2022
P-000403/2022(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Vălean
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: P-000403/2022

Several factors impact the affordability of driving diesel and petrol cars, including energy prices and taxation levels set at national level. The promotion of alternative fuels and more energy-efficient vehicles, including through the Fit for 55 proposals, can help ease this pressure in the medium term.

Stronger CO2 standards will help lower fuels expenditure and make individual zero-emission mobility affordable for all through economies of scale and an increase in the number of affordable zero-emission vehicle models on the market.

Under NextGenerationEU, various Member States offer purchase subsidies and leasing arrangements for cleaner cars, and support for electrifying corporate car fleets, also stimulating a second-hand market. The proposed Social Climate Fund will also help finance a socially fair transition.

The environmental performance and recycling capability for batteries are a key sustainability priority. The Commission has adopted a legislative proposal setting out a comprehensive framework for all batteries placed on the EU market, both for mobility and storage.

It includes requirements for the development and production of sustainable high performance batteries with the lowest environmental footprint, and ambitious targets for the recycling efficiency and material recovery of metals from waste batteries.

As the deployment of electric vehicles and recharging infrastructure accelerates, appropriate planning is needed to reinforce the electricity grid where necessary, and deploy smart grids solutions faster. Member States should address these issues in their national policy frameworks.

The Commission is contributing through regional policies and funding as well as the Trans-European Network policy.

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