‘Rapid roll-out of smart charging infrastructure is needed’
In a unique collaboration, the EU car industry (ACEA), the electricity sector (Eurelectric) and a green action group (Transport and Environment) have joined forces to call on the European institutions.
“A rapid roll-out of smart charging infrastructure for electrically-chargeable vehicles is urgent,” is the message of the three.
As Brussels gears up for a new political term, the three associations are therefore urging policymakers to guarantee the electric energy necessary to all those who use an electric vehicle. That way everyone across Europe can get access to charging which should be as simple as refueling today.
Strategically located infrastructure
This will require a massive deployment of strategically located ‘smart charging’ infrastructure right across the EU. Smart infrastructure will enable drivers to charge without severely affecting, or overloading Europe’s electricity grids.
ACEA, Eurelectric, and T&E signed this joint call to action today at ACEA’s ‘Leading the mobility transformation’ Summit in Brussels. On this occasion, the car and electricity industries confirmed their commitment to making more focused investments in both vehicle technology and smart charging solutions.
“The EU auto industry wants to work with all stakeholders to make zero-emission mobility a reality,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “To convince more customers to make the switch to electric vehicles, we have to remove the stress associated with recharging.”
“The race to the future is on. Every consumer should have a ‘right-to-plug’ – and the roll-out of public charging points must accelerate. By 2025, we need 1.2 million public charging points in Europe,” said Kristian Ruby, Secretary General of Eurelectric.
And Julia Poliscanova, Clean Vehicles Director at T&E added: “A rapid shift to electric cars powered by clean electricity is essential if we want to halt dangerous global warming. Now that carmakers are preparing a wave of new and affordable electric models, we need to ensure the fast and easy deployment of charging points at home, at work, and on the road. Charging an electric car has to become a completely hassle-free experience for citizens across the EU.”