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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 Spuke on 1/30/2013 1:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
I guess you missed this part.

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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.


RE: Thanks God
By Mint on 1/30/2013 2:26:33 PM , Rating: 2
2011 figures.

The Opel Ampera (Volt's Euro sister) alone got 7,000 preorders last year:
http://www.autoblog.com/2012/03/22/volt-sister-car...

Gas is expensive there. EVs will take off there very soon.


RE: Thanks God
By Reclaimer77 on 1/30/2013 2:40:22 PM , Rating: 2
Gas has always been obscenely expensive in the EU. If EV's were going to take off anywhere, it should have been there. And yet despite many many 'viable' options being on the market, the EU has the same pitiful EV adoption rate as anywhere else.

Not only is gas taxed sky high in the EU, but ICE vehicles are taxed to hell and back.


RE: Thanks God
By Mint on 1/30/2013 3:21:37 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you talking in past tense? Are you afraid that the future may be bright for EVs, and want them to be shut down right now?

It IS taking off in various regions there:
http://green.autoblog.com/2013/01/07/strong-incent...
5% of Norway's total car sales after what, less than a year of decent options being available?

Just wait until Nissan starts actually selling the 2013 Leaf. A $6000 price cut is a big deal. What do you think would happen to Sentra sales if the price was $6000 higher? Maybe an 80% sales drop?


RE: Thanks God
By Reclaimer77 on 1/30/2013 6:30:40 PM , Rating: 1
Why do you have to see some sinister motive in what I said? Want EV's "shut down"? Huh? What the fuck.


RE: Thanks God
By Mint on 1/30/2013 7:47:11 PM , Rating: 2
Because you're saying "should have happened", i.e. EVs had their chance but didn't succeed (by your metric) so it's time to stop trying.

Plugin sales are growing and growing fast. Give them a chance, especially now that price reduction and competition are starting to kick in.


RE: Thanks God
By Reclaimer77 on 1/30/2013 7:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
Well of course when you tax the PISS out of one thing, but offer financial incentives for another competing thing, you'll see a shift in buying trends. Duh?

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EVs had their chance but didn't succeed (by your metric) so it's time to stop trying.


Uhh no that's you projecting your feelings and opinions onto my statement.


RE: Thanks God
By toffty on 1/31/2013 12:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
When you say, "Financial incentives" are you talking about oil, natural gas, and corn ethanol? If that's the case then I completely agree! Get rid of the frackers. Get rid of the oil pipelines. Get rid of fuel-from-food!


RE: Thanks God
By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/2013 4:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
Do you realize without the tax revenue from oil and petroleum/gas etc etc, Government's around the world would collapse? Fact, not rhetoric.

Do me a favor but when EV's even come close to that level of economic benefit, give me a call.

Honestly I'm so tired of the "oil subsidy" lie pushed by Liberals. Any subsidy it's getting is completely overshadowed by the multi-billions it generates in tax revenue!

However I'm totally with you on the ethanol, obviously. That needs to go away.


RE: Thanks God
By Mint on 2/1/2013 9:54:45 AM , Rating: 2
I agree that the oil subsidy argument is pretty bogus in the grand scheme of things, but why are you using a double standard with EVs? The EV subsidy is such a tiny amount of money per year relative to size of the auto sector and the tax revenue it generates.

Where would nuclear power be without government investment to get it off the ground? It's not just research. Government rules to limit liability (and thus take on risk itself) is an enormous subsidy, because private insurance would charge through the roof for something that unproven back in the 50s/60s, and it would never get off the ground on its own.

It was a risk on the taxpayer's dollar, and it worked out. EVs are a similar risk, and there are big potential payoffs down the road. It's a completely different animal from the dubious road of wind/solar.


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