BMW CEO Oliver Zipse to lead ACEA next year
Oliver Zipse, the CEO of the German car manufacturer BMW Group, will lead the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) in 2021.
Mr. Zipse was appointed President of the association during a meeting of its Board of Directors, composed of the CEOs of Europe’s car, van, truck, and bus manufacturers. As of January, he will take over the ACEA presidency from Michael Manley, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).
After the pandemic year 2020, which has been a disaster for a lot of car companies, especially suppliers, 2021 will be of utmost importance to a lot of them. Certainly when you see that the corona crisis has accelerated things, e.g. the energy transition in the entire car world.
“2021 will be a pivotal year for the EU auto industry in the transition to sustainable mobility,” said Oliver Zipse. “This aspiration comes against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the global economy and our sector hard.”
“However, we are convinced of the need to join forces across industries and with political leaders to achieve the greatest impact in fighting climate change. All parties involved need to contribute to this overarching goal of reducing emissions,” he added.
“An urgent task is the EU-wide rollout of charging infrastructure to ensure everyday usability of electric vehicles for customers in all member states. In addition, we need to utilize the latest innovations across the full range of drivetrain technologies to meet all customers’ demands.”
Although the star of the European car industry has been waning lately, due to a series of scandals or controversies where Dieselgate was by far the biggest, the car industry remains a very important factor in Europe, providing jobs to at least 14,6 million people (directly and indirectly), according to ACEA.
The manufacturers’ association ACEA still has an important role to play here, surely when authorities and politicians are augmenting the (mainly environmental) pressure on the industry and the car in general.
So it’s no surprise that a leading CEO of a German carmaker will take the lead of the organization this crucial year. The German car industry is, without doubt, the most important one in Europe and still has a listening ear from many politicians.
Lately, the policy of ACEA seems to be the following. The association endorses the general goals of the EU regarding the energy transition and the need to become sustainable on all levels but wants to warn for precipitation or focusing too much on a sole solution.
ACEA’s members at the moment are BMW, CN-I, Daf, Daimler, Ferrari, FCA, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA, Renault, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo (cars and trucks). It has partnerships with almost all automotive stakeholders all over the world.
The ACEA President is elected for a year-long term, which can be renewed once.