ABB, T&E and others push for strong electric vehicle charging plans and unity in Europe
The European Union is experiencing massive growth in the market share of electric vehicles. It has been one of the biggest and most exciting stories of the past year and a half in the electric vehicle industry. One aspect that receives little attention, however, is that the massive growth in electric vehicle sales does require massive growth in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. (Well, Maarten and José pointed this out – they drive electric vehicles in Europe and see the changes on the ground.)
Several European organizations and companies are also well aware of the problem and are pushing for the EU to increase its ambitions – significantly – with some policy updates to come. They also call for… unification. “The revision of the EU law on alternative fuels infrastructure is an opportunity to create a single EU-wide recharging market” Transport & Environment (T&E) written. “Market players – whether they are car manufacturers, charging point operators or customers – need this common single market to benefit from the right conditions to play their role in the mass adoption of transport. zero emission road. “
A complete letter [PDF] to decision makers can be read here, and these are the companies and organizations behind it:
Will this push the EU in the direction it needs to take in order to accommodate increasing market shares of electric vehicles? But it is good to see them focusing on a holistic approach to electric vehicle policy at EU level. Here is more:
The letter adds: “A revision of AFID under a new directive cannot provide the right framework as it would perpetuate the current patchwork of different interpretations, implementation and national requirements. the European Court of Auditors recently pointed out that the current framework has led to a “fragmentation of electromobility” with “differences in the density of charging infrastructure and member states’ EV ownership rates”. Continuing in this direction would be neither adequate nor sufficient to meet the challenge of deploying millions of public and private chargers in the coming years. “
Will organizations and businesses push for it? How will EU policy improve in order to rapidly develop and better unify electric vehicle charging across the continent? Let us know in the comments below.
Except full letter, see this related report: Electric vehicle charging infrastructure: more charging stations but uneven deployment makes travel across the EU difficult.