The EU target to reduce average new car emissions to 120 g/km was first proposed by Germany at a meeting of EU environment ministers in 1994: originally this target was set for 2005, but it has been postponed four times. In December 2008 the law was finally adopted: the new law nominally strives to reduce the average CO2 emissions from new cars to 130 g/km by 2015. Significantly the law adds a 95 g/km target for 2020, the “modalities” and "aspects of implementation" of which will be reviewed by the Commission in January 2013.
Carmakers are responsible for delivering the reductions. The company target is an average for all cars sold, not a fixed limit that no car may exceed. In this scenario, automotive manufacturers must seek and provide improved and innovative vehicle solutions to the open market which are not only compliant with the energy and environmental conditions and with the new law requirements, but also be competitive and increasingly appealing. In other words all the main global OEMs, including those based in Europe, are essentially being forced into finding new technological solutions to respect the social and environmental needs (environmental friendly vehicles) on one hand and on the other meet the demands of the customer (like higher levels of driveability and comfort, better safety and styling) at acceptable costs (in terms of purchase and operation costs as the price of fuel continues to increase).
The SuperLIB concepts meet these targets and even more important the project will address the main obstacles for developing battery systems for EVs paving the way for a broad introduction of electric vehicles and thus play a major role in the greening of the transport sector in Europe.
AVL List GmbH
Dr. Volker Hennige
K&S GmbH Projektmanagement