E-mobility: the Winning Hand

Published on Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Promoting the development of new sustainable mobility infrastructure is one of the main items on the European Union's agenda ans was included in the Clean Fuel Strategy, a package of measures submitted by the European Commission that resulted in a proposed directive on alternative fuels, which was presented in January and is currently being examined by the European authorities.

Out of the different options that can lead towards this scenario, electric mobility is becoming particularly important in terms of efficiency and environmental benefits.

Eurelectric, the European electricity industry association, stressed the urgency of promoting the maximum use of electricity in the field of transport during an event held at the European Parliament and organised with the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

Eurelectric and ACEA welcomed the message sent by the directive providing for minimum requirements and common charging infrastructure standards for electric vehicles, acknowledging their importance in promoting the use of renewable energy sources and to facilitate the integration of grid-produced energy.

However, in order to improve the security, efficiency and flexibility of the energy system, it's important to implement a smart taxation system on the use of electricity for transport.

Any common charging infrastructure legislation will need to be defined within the specific commitments that Member States will have to make regarding the use of alternative fuels and the creation of necessary infrastructure. Eurelectric also warned that it will be necessary to support the development of the right models that are consistent with ongoing e-mobility initiatives.