Onus on member states to drive investment for alternative fuels & electric vehicle infrastructure

Orgalime welcomes this week’s final adoption of the Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure through the Council of the European Union.  “The final adoption of the Directive following one reading is good news” said 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 - it’s really up to them - so that Europe remains in the driver’s seat.  We can expect significant future growth and jobs here. Let’s lead the way this time”. 

Member states will now be required to transpose the Directive and set their targets and publish national policy frameworks for the deployment of the alternative fuels infrastructure by the end of 2016. This includes the core issue of determining the number of publicly accessible recharging points for electric vehicles in each country. Orgalime urges member states to be as ambitious as possible in this respect to exploit the potentials of this promising framework. 

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.  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. 

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 during the last winter remains an issue for everyone. This will be one of the ways to really make a difference.”

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1 October, 2014
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