EU cars slipping on CO2 due to oil price and weak electric sales

European automobile manufacturers are having a surprisingly tough time reaching future targets for CO2 emissions. A new report suggests gambling on electric cars to boost development may not have been an ideal decision.

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Last year, Denmark raised its tariff for vehicle registration, but even before that Danes did not have much of an appetite for Tesla cars. The same is true of Norwegians' interest in both Tesla and the Nissan Leaf. The electric car enthusiasm is not nearly enough to make a notable dent in total CO2 emissions from European cars.  And there is nothing to suggest that car emissions will change significantly going towards 2021, when new rules take effect.

This is according to this year's annual study of CO2 emissions from the European auto-industry, conducted by PA Consulting. Just four out of 12 European car manufacturers included in the benchmarking would be able to comply with the EU's 2021 requirements: PSA (Peugeot Citroen), then Toyota, followed by Renault-Nissan, and with Ford in fourth.

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