The EU Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee, in a decision this Tuesday (November 26th, 2013), lent its support to a proposed law which would require EU member states to ensure that a specified number of electric vehicle charging points are built by 2020. These proposed measures are intended to help reduce dependence on oil and increase the use of alternative fuels and electricity in order to reach the targeted 60% reduction in transport greenhouse emissions by 2050. 
 
The charging points will utilize the European Commission supported “Type 2” connectors for regular charging and the “Combo 2” connectors for fast charging.
 
The minimum targets set for member states vary from state to state, with larger states such as Germany, France, and the UK being required to establish upwards of 50,000 charging points, while the targets set for other countries are much smaller, such as Finland’s 4000. 
 
The draft rules outline a process in which governments would develop plans for the construction of the required stations and enlist the aid of private sector entities in developing this infrastructure with government support in the form of tax and public procurement incentives. Furthermore, member states would be required to set in place national policy plans to guide support measures for the increased usage of alternative fuels. In the interest of combating the potentially negative consequences resulting from switching to electric transport before a truly green source of energy has been established, member state governments would also be required to ensure the availability of green electricity for use in these vehicles.
 
Furthermore, the law also addresses issues outside of infrastructure development and energy supply to remind member states that congestion management and public transport systems are also crucial elements in reducing overall emissions. 
 
 

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