Nissan, Ecotricity and IKEA Are Installing Fast Chargers At All 17 Locations In The UK

Nissan, Ecotricity and IKEA Are Installing Fast Chargers At All 17 Locations In The UK

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 States Existing infrastructure (charging points) 2011 Proposed targets of publicly accessible infrastructure by 2020 Member States' plans for nos of electric vehicles for 2020
Austria 489 12,000 250,000
Belgium 188 21,000 -
Bulgaria 1 7,000 -
Cyprus - 2,000 -
Czech Republic 23 13,000 -
Germany 1,937 150,000 1,000,000
Denmark 280 5,000 200,000
Estonia 2 1,000 -
Greece 3 13,000 -
Finland 1 7,000 -
France 1,600 97,000 2,000,000
Hungary 7 7,000 -
Ireland 640 2,000 350,000
Italy 1,350 125,000 130,000 (by 2015)
Lithuania - 4,000 -
Luxembourg 7 1,000 40,000
Latvia 1 2,000 -
Malta - 1,000 -
Netherlands 1,700 32,000 200,000
Poland 27 46,000 -
Portugal 1,350 12,000 200,000
Romania 1 10,000 -
Spain 1,356 82,000 2,500,000
Slovakia 3 4,000 -
Slovenia 80 3,000 14,000
Sweden - 14,000 600,000
United Kingdom 703 122,000 1,550,000
Got a tip for us? Email: