BMW CEO Oliver Zipse re-elected President of the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers

For the second year in a row, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse has been appointed President of the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers. The new one-year term should prove to be rather busy as drastic measures concerning the regulation of emissions are expected to be taken in 2022. One of them will be the establishment of standards for the Euro 7 standards which will come into effect. force in the second half of the decade, possibly in 2027.

As you may recall, a proposal made earlier this year by the European Commission that has yet to be voted on calls for an effective ban on the sale of new cars powered by internal combustion engines by 2035. Another important topic to be discussed next year will be related to the Regulation on Infrastructure for Alternative Fuels (AFIR) for the creation of firm targets for the members of the European Union with regard to the development of the European Union. EV charging infrastructure. In addition, new CO2 standards for heavy goods vehicles will also be established in 2022.

As if the agenda was not already full, the automotive industry is still strongly impacted by the shortage of semiconductors. At the end of October, BMW’s senior officials warned that the shortage of microchips would continue until next year, prompting him to say that “the gravity of the situation requires a strong and coordinated response across the board. ‘European Union”.

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Therefore, ACEA estimates that sales figures in 2022 will not reach pre-pandemic levels. The BMW Group is taking the necessary preventative measures by entering into an agreement with microchip developer INOVA Semiconductors as well as with semiconductor maker GlobalFoundries to secure millions of microchips each year.

These supply chain shortages are of particular concern, with ACEA saying car production in the EU fell by three million units in the first nine months of 2021 compared to January-September 2019. Not only that, but new car sales in October fell 30% from the same month last year. This is the fourth consecutive month of declining sales.

Elected by the CEOs of Europe’s 16 leading car, van, truck and bus manufacturers, Oliver Zipse said: “In the interest of our industry’s global competitiveness, Europe needs to strengthen its technological sovereignty to be able to supply components essential to the main industries in the region. “

[Source: European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association]

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