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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: Great
By ShieTar on 1/31/2013 4:50:31 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, because if you really wanted a network of 500k powering stations to make EVs a viable option for anything else than your daily commute, you would have bought that network yourself. Like your grandfather one day decided that he is going to build himself a highway network all across his nation because he liked driving a car?

Seriously, making communal decisions is the whole point for having a community in the first place. If you don't like it, go move to some remote jungle area and spend your time hunting and gathering.


RE: Great
By Dr of crap on 1/31/2013 12:58:34 PM , Rating: 2
They, EV's, aren't selling - period.

"”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."

Just like the US.
IF they were selling, then you'd need plugins for them. You can build 1000's of the plugins, but if they are no cars to use them...! And yes a few more will be sold because there are now plugins - A FEW. Right now the cost of onwership is TOO high for the average drivers. You cannot go against the money issue, because THAT will drive sales!


RE: Great
By polybios on 1/31/2013 2:16:49 PM , Rating: 2
Powering stations network can develop slowly and steadily without any central planing, if there is demand. Highway network wasn't build out of nowhere because "cars are good and people can't drive through forrest!", it evolved from dirt roads to roads to highways because of increasing demand.


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