FIM attends Platform for Electro-mobility event at the European Parliament
On 27th February, FIM attended an event hosted by the Platform for Electro-mobility at the European Parliament titled, `One million electric vehicles just around the corner – What next?’, hosted by Matthijs van Miltenburg MEP (ALDE, Netherlands), a substitute member of the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee.
The event sought to highlight the growing presence of electric vehicles on European roads across a variety of transport modes and to discuss the relevant legislation. In particular, the discussion focussed on the revision of the Clean Vehicle directive, the action plan for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure and the new emission standards for cars and vans contained within the European Commission’s Clean Mobility Package, published on 8th November 2017.
In her keynote speech, Ms. Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, overviewed the Commission’s work on transport in this legislature, focusing on the first mobility package, published on 31st May 2017, the Clean Mobility Package, published on 8th November 2017, and the forthcoming third mobility package, due to published on 2nd May. Ms. Bulc commented that decarbonisation is a key priority of the Commission as a whole, noting that transport is responsible for 24% of all emissions, of which road transport accounts for 73%. She also underlined that there is a Commission initiative for 2018, denoting the year as the ``Year of Multimodality’’, which will focus on digitalisation, economic incentives, multimodal infrastructure and innovation, passenger rights and active mobility.
Marie-France van der Valk, Public Affairs Director at Renault/Nissan and Chairwoman of the Platform for Electro-mobility, opened proceedings and informed attendees that the EU, with the addition of Norway, would have 1 million active electric vehicles within the coming few months. She further added that the EU would achieve this solely by the end of 2018, helped largely by a 24% vehicle price reduction in 2017.
Mr. Greg Archer, Director of Clean Vehicles, Transport & Environment, overviewed the panel session, titled `Can the European Commission mobility package keep the momentum for electro-mobility?’. The panel included the participation of a range of stakeholders who are supportive of electric-mobility. This included the European Consumer Organisation BEUC, alongside Platform for Electro-mobility members, ABB, Alstom, UITP and Chargepoint.
On the occasion of the event, the Platform for Electro-mobility launched a paper assessing the state of play of electric vehicle charging infrastructure at present and in the future. The paper finds that the current level of charging infrastructure in Europe is sufficient based on the European Commission’s recommendation of 10 EVs for each recharging point. Additionally, the report examines plans at Member State level to build charging infrastructure up until 2020 and beyond.