European Union Wants to Add 500K EV Charging Stations by 2020
January 30, 2013 10:07 AM
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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.
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1/30/2013 12:43:44 PM
I find it quite funny that with one hand they want to reduce the use of Nuclear power and with the other they want to increase the use of Electricity, they probably think some kind of miracle will happen and solar panels will finally work at night while all our vehicles are charging.
RE: Funny Europeans
1/31/2013 4:45:55 AM
They probably know that the combined peak output of solar and wind power stations already exceeds 100% of the overall power use, and would like to have a lot of car batteries connected to the grid over the lunch hour when solar power output is maximum.
Worst case scenario is that you burn the saved fuel to generate the electricity. Best case scenario is that every EV "gas" station manages to get by with its own set of solar and/or wind power generators.
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