REPORT | EU-Pacific Talks: In-EV-itable future of automotive industry: what is the role of the Pacific region

In the last debate of the second series of EU-Pacific Talks, organised by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, the guests focused on electric and fuel cell vehicles, which are envisaged as a way to decarbonise road transport. Read what our guests discussed in this report by Petra Pospíšilová.

The urgent need to tackle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has brought the transport sector under scrutiny as a significant contributor to CO2 emissions. Electric Vehicles (EVs) have gained considerable attention in recent years as a promising solution. The zero-emission nature of EVs and the opportunity to integrate with renewable energy sources positions them as a powerful solution for reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector. Despite their advantages, the widespread adoption of electric vehicles faces several challenges. To encourage EV adoption, a robust charging infrastructure must be established. Moreover, continued development is essential to address the limitations of battery range and charging time and improve the overall performance of EVs. Furthermore, it is necessary to consider the potential environmental and social impacts associated with mining, as the EV is dependent on critical minerals and rare earth elements.

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Petra Pospíšilová
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