EU Third Mobility Package

Today (17 May, 2018), the European Commission announced the Third Mobility Package which aims to promote safe, clean, and connected & automated mobility.

The most relevant initiatives that were announced relate to clean mobility. Specifically, this includes a Proposal for a regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles and an EU Action Plan for Batteries.

For the CO2 emissions performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles file, average CO2 emissions from new trucks registered in the EU will have to be 15% lower (than in 2019) by 2025. For 2030, an indicative reduction target of at least 30% compared to 2019 has been proposed. While in 2022, there will be a review process, in which the scope will be extended to other types of HDVs such as smaller trucks, buses, coaches and trailers. During this review, the Commission will make a proposal to determine the target for 2030. The file will now go through the normal ‘co-legislation’ process in the European Parliament and Council before being a final agreement is reached.

On the Batteries action Plan, the Commission has proposed to support:
- Investment in research and innovation for electro-mobility and stationary applications including the use of EU financing mechanisms;
- Securing access to raw materials and to reduce dependency on critical raw materials;
- Developing the necessary skills for the new manufacturing processes and emerging technologies;
- Putting in place a supportive EU regulatory framework including the reinforcement of the collection and recycling schemes in the Batteries Directive.

There is also additional financial support of around €450 million available through the Connectng Europe Facility (here) which will support EU projects in connected, clean, and safe mobility. The call will be open until 24 October 2018.

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