European Commission Removes Minimum Charging Station Targets From 2020 Proposal

MAR 26 2014 BY MARK KANE 9

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Over a year ago, we reported that the European Commission wanted to require member states to build a minimum number of charging points (and stations for other alternative fuels like LNG and CNG) by 2020.

Now, it seems that those targets for MEPs and member have been removed from the Commission’s proposal, meaning that there will not be any target for infrastructure in the European Union in the short-term. Some countries will build some infrastructure, while others will not.

But don’t worry. The European Union is well known for quick action and, as soon as 2017, this issue will be revisited again.

“All these targets were removed by member states. The European Parliament had voted to preserve the targets and Parliament negotiations were fighting to keep them. But concern that the legislation would be delayed until the next Parliament prompted MEPs to accept the member states’ position.”

“The deal sets no specific targets for electric charging points. It would only oblige national governments to develop action plans and install an “appropriate number of electric recharging points accessible to the public” by the end of 2020. This will be reviewed in 2017.”

In the Union there is a lot of argument over this situation:

“The campaigners were particularly angry with Germany for opposing the electric vehicle targets after the country pushed for an expansion of the super-credits scheme for electric vehicles during negotiations on car CO2 emission caps last year.”

Cecile Toubeau of green transport group T&E stated:

“On the one hand national governments have put in place incentives to promote electric vehicles, but on the other they are delaying and weakening the roll-out of vital electric charging infrastructure.”

Source: European Voice


Electric charging Points/vehicles per Member State – old proposition

Members StatesExisting infrastructure (charging points) 2011Proposed targets of publicly accessible infrastructure by 2020Member States’ plans for nos of electric vehicles for 2020
Czech Republic2313,000
Italy1,350125,000130,000 (by 2015)
United Kingdom703122,0001,550,000

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This is not all bad.

It gives EVs time to further demonstrate their superiority to hydrogen, LNG, and CNG.

And why the EU should focus on an electric infrastructure.

These 2020 planned EV numbers are totally bonkers

With Mother Russia seeking to invade and control oil and gas supplies, maybe our European brethren will wake up, smell the coffee, and proliferate renewables and EVs at a rather accelerated pace now.

That would be a wonderful irony for Vlad’s legacy. 🙂

Indeed. I think Vladimir Putin sure caused a lot of critics of Germany’s Energiewende to shut up. And although being green was much of the main focus, reducing dependence on the Russian bear was always part of the reason.

With electric vehicles and electricity from wind, solar PV, hydropower, nuclear, concentrated solar, etc. . . . who needs Russia’s oil for transport?

CIA press has washed your brain very well.

At least the KGB, sorry the FSB, has not crushed it like an EV1 and sent it to the Gulag to be eaten up by radioactive wolves. :p

Missing from the proposed list of EVSE deployments by country, is a breakdown of numbers for DCFC vs. AC Level 2 EVSE. These have two distinct use cases: range-extending vs. destination-charging.

Also missing are guidelines for numbers of EVSE charging points are needed per 1000 all-electric vehicles and per 1000 PHEVs. Expect there would be a few categories: percent of public parking stalls needing EVSE given each percentage point of EVs registered of total vehicle fleet in a region; and range (& spacing) of EVSE beyond a metro area.

Perhaps the European Commission will take another look at the numbers of alt. fuel vehicles in use (and adoption rates) and be pragmatic about building appropriate matching levels of infrastructure.

The problem with gilling up targets is that countries that are already convinced about electric driving will go further on that path, and countries that stay behind like Belgium have absolutely no incentive to catch up. This will result in even bigger differences and in 2020 it could already be to late to get even with the rest,