EV does it: Volvo splits from automobile association over zero-emissions strategy

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Differences in zero-emissions strategies between Volvo Cars and Europe's car lobbying group has caused the Swedish car manufacturer to leave the association. 

Volvo Cars, headquartered in Torslanda, Sweden, and owned by Chinese conglomerate Geely Holding Group, said it will leave the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) by the end of 2022. 

Since 1991, ACEA, a Brussels-based industry group, has existed to represent a unified approach among carmakers, but disgruntled members are revealing cracks in the association’s foundations. 

The announcement comes after ACEA voted in favour of the European Union's proposal for an effective ban on fossil-fuel cars as of 2035. Volvo Cars has already pledged to have a fully-electric car range by 2030, five years ahead of the EU’s target, meaning the association’s objectives don’t align with the manufacturers. 

In a statement, Volvo said: “We have concluded that Volvo Cars' sustainability strategy and ambitions are not fully aligned with ACEA’s positioning and way of working at this stage. We, therefore, believe it is better to take a different path for now.

“What we do as a sector will play a major role in deciding whether the world has a fighting chance to curb climate change.”

ACEA responded in a statement: “We acknowledge the decision of Volvo Cars to leave ACEA by the end of the year. We are in the midst of unprecedented change. ACEA will continue to drive Europe’s ambitious mobility transformation, building on the industry’s global competitive position throughout the transition. We remain committed to act as the voice of Europe’s car, truck, van, and bus makers, working hand-in-hand with all relevant partners and stakeholders."

Volvo Cars’ announcement comes less than a month after carmaker conglomerate, Stellantis, said it would leave the ACEA by the end of 2022 as part of a new approach to addressing issues and challenges of future mobility, including a shift away from traditional lobbying activity. 

Since cooling its ACEA membership, Stellantis’, which manufactures Citroën, Fiat, Opel, and Maserati, has formed the new ‘Freedom of Mobility Forum’ with the aim of hosting “a yearly open meeting of passionate problem-solvers committed to fact-based decision making that identifies how to bring clean, safe, and affordable freedom of mobility for society in the face of global warming implications.” 

At this stage, it’s unclear whether Volvo Cars has intentions of joining the new Forum. 

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