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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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RE: Thanks God
By Dorkyman on 1/30/2013 11:54:48 AM , Rating: 0
You ARE being sarcastic, aren't you? Please tell me that you are not a loon and that you were being sarcastic here.

Hey, I know what!! Let's build a huge wind farm out in the ocean! Oh, I know it is not and never will be economical, and that maintenance issues will wildly exceed our projections, but let's just do it because, because, well, God wants us to! And we'll use tax revenues to do it, meaning less money for truly useful things and less money left in the pockets of our citizens, who anyway don't know as well as us how to spend it! Golly, society is so lucky we bureaucrats are so smart and in charge of everyone else!

RE: Thanks God
By Mint on 1/30/2013 1:51:52 PM , Rating: 2
For Europe it makes a lot of sense. Gas costs about twice as much as it does here.

For example, the UK has an electric van called the Kangoo Z.E. for ~£16k. Gas is £6/gal, so you'd be spending £150 on gas for every 1000 miles if you buy the regular version. It'll only take a few years to break even, and it's all savings after that.

The biggest limitation, of course, is the lack of charging stations.

To bad the article had to quote 2011 sales figures. 2012 was many times better, and it's only going to grow. Gas just costs way too much there.

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