During a time when the electrification of the economy is the aim,the European Commission’s department for climate action warns against Europe’s slow steps in the manufacturing of batteries.
According to the department’s top official, Jos Delbeke, “European industry is lagging behind” in a field where other parts of the world, like China and the U.S. are steaming ahead -especially in producing power electric vehicles.
According to Euractiv.com, Jos Delbeke, the Director-General of the European Commission’s directorate for climate action said that “The electrification of the economy is underway and batteries are a central element of that transformation – whether in cars, homes or other appliances”.
Batteries, at present produced mostly in Japan, Korea and China, is a manufacturing sector Europe has stayed behind. “We want our car manufacturing sector to be as excellent as it was in the past. And that implies that they must get cracking on an important segment of the future which is the electric car”, Delbeke told participants at a EURACTIV event on clean mobility on November 23.
Delbeke described the situation as a “wake-up call” adding that the EC is in close cooperation with businesses involved, in order to manage bringing investments to Europe connected with battery cell manufacturing.
After all, this is why the European Commission “hosted auto, chemical and engineering executives in Brussels earlier in October”. This could lead to the launch of a “strategic plan” and “roadmap” for an EU battery alliance, in early 2018, wrote Euractiv…/IBNA