Loosen the brakes, member states! And now let’s move on electric vehicles and alternative fuels infrastructures

European manufacturers of the underlying technologies, represented by Orgalime, remain ready to deliver the safe and high performing equipment necessary for this shift towards a low carbon and energy efficient transport sector in line with national safety requirements.  And today, the plenary of the European Parliament has rubberstamped the compromise deal reached by the European institutions on the proposal for a Directive on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure earlier in March this year

“The swift adoption of the Directive in one reading is good news”, states Adrian Harris, Director General of Orgalime, “we see this as the centrepiece of EU legislation to drive investment into these innovative environmentally friendly transport solutions. We now invite national governments to move quickly on this, so that Europe remains in the driver’s seat in this area. We can expect significant future growth here and let’s lead the way this time”.

Clean power for transport entirely fits into the wider context of the EU’s future 2030 energy and climate change framework.  E-mobility and related infrastructure and storage technologies, such as shore-side electricity supply for ships, have an important role to play.  Orgalime therefore welcomes that the EU institutions have agreed to put in place publicly accessible recharging points for electric vehicles by 31 December 2020, and have recognised the benefits of smart meters for optimising the recharging and integration of electric vehicles in the energy system. 

Nevertheless, important decisions still remain to be taken at the national level, including the core issue of the number of publicly accessible recharging points in each country. Orgalime therefore urges Member States to be ambitious here.

Concluded Harris “This is far more than an issue for business: it will also provide real benefits for citizens;  air pollution, in particular in cities, as we have seen this last winter remains an issue for everyone. This will be one of the ways to really make a difference.”

Published
15 April, 2014
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