GEVA calls for rapid shift to electric transport
The Global EV Drivers’ Alliance was formed earlier this year by 37 EV driver associations around the world – and alliance members are calling for all light-duty vehicles to be electric by 2030.
EV drivers from countries in Europe are planning to be driving to COP26 to take a message to Glasgow: “A shift to electric transport is essential to quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reducing dangerous climate change, improving local air quality and reducing respiratory diseases in cities around the world. With the rapid improvements in EV technology and the new vehicles coming into the market over the coming months, it is entirely achievable.”
GEVA states that: “A rapid shift to electric transport can be achieved through supportive policies in each country. For example, the market share for plug-in vehicles in Germany grew from 3% in 2019 to 13.5% in 2020 and the UK market went from 3.2% to 10.7% in the same period.”
GEVA decided to take advantage of the COP 26 organization in Scotland to carry out a rally – a convoy of cars from many European countries – with a simple global message: all new cars and vans sold have a plug in by 2030 and that by 2035 all new cars and light duty vans being sold in these markets should be fully zero emission. This matches the Routezero ambition for the world’s leading car markets in 2035 and COP 26 global goals for 2040.
European EV drivers are planning to drive their EVs from all corners of Europe joining UK drivers to arrive in Glasgow COP 26 in the week before COP 26’s crucial meeting starts.
The EU drivers will meet in Brussels on 28th October morning to take a message of support to the EU’s proposals for a green new deal and EV adoption by 2035. The rally has been coordinated by FFAUVE – the French Association – so there will be an event in Northern France on the afternoon of 28th October (Dunkerque Grande-Synthe or Calais).
Once in the UK via Eurotunnel, the drivers will meet EV drivers from EVA England and EVA Scotland, as well as from the Irish EV Owners Association. The route through England will include events on October 29/30 with local community EV drivers from EV Groups and visits of innovative businesses in the UK.
In Scotland, EVA Scotland is also working with Falkirk Council and Forth Valley College to organise an EV event on Sunday 31st October and a final event at the Alexander Clark innovation centre in Glasgow bringing GEVA’s message to the heart of COP.