What is it and how does it work?
Technological innovation can help to achieve a faster and cheaper transition to a more efficient and sustainable European transport system. E-Mobility and Electrical Vehicles (EV) are widely seen as a promising option to reduce CO2 emissions from cars and avoid noise from motors. Electric vehicles (including hybrids) are currently viewed as ready for the mass market and several member states notably France, Spain, Germany, Portugal and Denmark are promoting electromobility, with a number of actions announced in the Communication focusing on enabling this technology.
The key elements of the Recast Directive are summarised as follows:
- Communication on A European strategy on clean and energy efficient vehicles COM (2010/0186)
- WHITE PAPER - Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system COM (2011/144)
- Proposal for a Regulation on Union guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) COM(2011/650)
Why is it important?
Orgalime represents the European engineering industries, which are the major supplier of equipment and systems to the automotive industry in the area of machinery, motors and mechanical, electrical and electronic components, batteries, etc.
Our industry deals also with the electric utilities industry where it provides the equipment and systems for the generation, transmission, and distribution and management of electricity. Furthermore, we are engaged in housing and building infrastructure through the supply of electrical installations and other components.
Orgalime believes that harmonised European standards are of utmost importance to ensure interoperability and connectivity between the charging infrastructure and the e-vehicle (whether the charger is on board or not) and that it is equally important to consider safety and electromagnetic compatibility in an appropriate way. Safety for consumers, installation issues and energy management capabilities needs to be taken into account when setting standards.
A European solution for e-vehicle charging is necessary to develop an e-mobility market in Europe. In order to avoid a situation where we find ourselves with incompatible technical solutions within the European Union and to avoid wrong investment decisions concerning the necessary infrastructure (charging, payment etc.) for e-mobility, Orgalime sees a clear need for the European Commission to coordinate different stakeholders’ activities.
The challenge for both, policymakers and industry is to ensure that alternative propulsion vehicles are at least as safe as conventional ones. Orgalime calls for common standards that will allow all electric vehicles to be charged anywhere in the EU. Policymakers should encourage installation of publicly accessible charging points and promote the development of smart electricity grids.
How we’ve been engaged
Orgalime is confident in the ability of European Standardisation Organizations (ESO) to achieve the goal established by the European Commission. Orgalime members are actively involved in the process of standardisation from CENELEC and the related eMobility Coordination Group. Members are also engaged in the Green eMotion project and are following the CARS 21 process.