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The European Battery Alliance: Ambitions and requirements

A European alliance of battery manufacturers (European Battery Alliance) was launched in 2017. This contributes provides some insight into the Alliance’s strategy and the challenges it faces before publication of the review of the Clean Energy Package.

On 11 October 2017, Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič launched the European Battery Alliance (EBA), aiming to spur entrepreneurs towards the manufacture of ‘made in Europe’ batteries, to be used as components in electrical vehicles. The industrial objectives underpinning the EBA extend to 2023, with a view to contributing to the 2025 and 2030 policy goals laid out in the European Commission’s Clean Mobility Package, which puts forward a set of legislative proposals aimed at sending a ‘green’ light to electro mobility.

This contribution presents this initiative, traces its origins and comments on its prospects for long-term success towards 2023 and beyond. It also speculates on the extent to which this success may hinge upon other European policy objectives.