Oliver Zipse was appointed President of ACEA during a Board of Directors meeting, whose members include CEOs from Europe’s car, van, truck and bus manufacturers. From January 2021, Zipse will succeed Michael Manley, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). “2021 will be a pivotal year for the EU auto industry in the transition to sustainable mobility”, said 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” he said, adding that the EU-wide rollout of charging infrastructure to ensure everyday usability of electric vehicles for customers in all member states is an urgent task.

The ACEA President is elected for a year-long term, which can be renewed once. Oliver Zipse took over the role of Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW in August 2019.