Press Release

MEPs call for more efficient roll-out of charging infrastructure

September 25, 2018

The European Parliament's transport committee yesterday adopted MEP Ismail Ertug’s report on the deployment of alternative fuels in Europe, calling on the European Commission to introduce more efficient instruments such as binding and enforceable national targets for the deployment of charging infrastructures. The report recommends the €25 billion necessary investment in infrastructure until 2025 to be co-financed by the European Commission (10%), and by the industry (90%).

The report also rightly singles out the lack of binding targets for low and zero-emission vehicle sales as one of the main barriers to customers’ purchasing decisions. It also addresses pressing issues for most European cities – stressing the importance of sustainable public procurements and calling on the Commission to come up with additional clean air measures beyond the deployment of charging infrastructures.

Yoann Le Petit, clean vehicles officer, said: “While there will be enough charging infrastructure until 2020, this vote shows that the EU needs a much more effective framework for future charging infrastructure deployment than is the case today.”