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European Union wants a much larger electric vehicle infrastructure

With fuel prices in Europe considerably higher than prices in the U.S., the European Union has big plans to help push drivers to electric vehicles and that plan includes adding a huge number of new electric vehicle charging stations.

The European Union wants to add half a million EV charging stations by 2020. If successful, the plan would make electric vehicle charging stations nearly as common as gas stations within the EU.

”We can finally stop the chicken and the egg discussion on whether infrastructure needs to be there before the large scale roll out of electric vehicles. With our proposed binding targets for charging points using a common plug, electric vehicles are set to hit the road in Europe,” said Action Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate.

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Some of the most ambitious plans in the EU come from Germany, France, Spain, and Britain. Each of those nations has a goal of having more than 7 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020.
However, the European Union has a long way to go to reach its goal. Electric vehicles aren't exactly rolling off dealer lots at a rapid pace. During 2011, German drivers purchased 1,858 electric vehicles, 1,796 were purchased in France, 1,547 found homes in Norway, and 1,170 were purchased in Britain. Those numbers make EVs only a small fraction of the vehicles on the roads today.
The huge number of EV charging stations is a significant part of the plan to get drivers into electric vehicles, but the charging stations are not the entire plan. The Clean Power for Transport Package is an €8 billion plan that also includes standard for developing hydrogen, biofuels, and other natural gas networks.

Source: NYT

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Not a problem
By Beenthere on 1/30/2013 11:21:00 AM , Rating: -1
As long as EV owner's want to foot 100% of the cost for these charging stations and no tax payer money is used or any taxes derived from gasoline taxes, used or other consumer taxation, used, then go right ahead. There is absolutely no reason why non-EV owners should pay for the foolishness of EV owners be it in tax breaks, discounts, incentives or an infrastructure to support these irrational products.

RE: Not a problem
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 1/30/2013 12:11:39 PM , Rating: 5
And as soon as all the subsidies, eminent domain, etc for all the hydrocarbon infrastructure and businesses over the last hundred plus years, plus all of the military spending that was devoted to protecting access to hydrocarbon supplies during that same time frame is repaid with interest and adjusted for inflation, we'll get right on the EV subsidies.

RE: Not a problem
By Strunf on 1/30/2013 12:37:54 PM , Rating: 1
You do realize 1/3 or even 1/2 of the price you pay for gas is actually... TAXES! I'm pretty sure these taxes alone are high enough to sponsor any wars needed to secure oil fields.

RE: Not a problem
By Spuke on 1/30/2013 1:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
plus all of the military spending that was devoted to protecting access to hydrocarbon supplies during that same time frame is repaid with interest and adjusted for inflation
How much oil do we get from Iraq?

RE: Not a problem
By Motoman on 1/30/2013 12:56:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'm under the impression that the primary reason gas is so much more expensive in Europe is because they tax it much more heavily.

So, in that light, using the "high cost" of gas as a basis for putting in all this EV infrastructure is really a red herring.

Otherwise, though, yes...the whole subsidization of this boondoggle is silly.

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