In a joint letter addressed to Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, Commissioner Violeta Bulc, and Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, the Platform for Electro-Mobility, which ECOS is a member of, stresses that a decarbonised European transport sector can only be achieved through electro-mobility.
Whilst some progress is being made, Europe is failing to leverage the full potential of the single market and is making disparate progress across EU member states in shifting towards the wider uptake of electro-mobility.
The electrification of light vehicles such as bicycles and powered two-wheelers, cars, vans, trucks and buses, and also the further electrification of railways, will help Member States to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030.
Investments in electro-mobility will reduce Europe’s €1 billion per day total energy import bill and create additional demand for sustainable domestically-generated electricity, expanding renewable electricity use in transport and achieving more energy efficiency.
To realise these benefits and exploit the full potential of electro-mobility, the Platform calls on the European Commission to:
- Incentivise the cost-effective use of electric vehicles in the European car, bus and truck market; and encourage the uptake of light electric vehicles by removing the regulatory and fiscal bottlenecks;
- Accelerate the interoperability and standardisation of recharging stations and services for electric vehicles through innovative standardisation solutions; and create a cost-effective network of charging points at strategic points and in highly-frequented areas that makes electric vehicles an efficient and convenient form of mobility both inside and outside of cities;
- Encourage electric vehicle-sharing solutions and foster intermodality through the combined use of different modes of (electric) transport in cities;
- Integrate the development of the market for electric vehicles within the broader smart grid environment, including smart charging, renewable electricity, and the use of electric vehicles, to enable more effective energy storage and peak demand management;
- Electrify and upgrade rail services, especially regional connections, and support the development and market introduction of energy-efficient solutions and new vehicle concepts for non-electrified lines.
The letter can be read in full here.
The Electromobility Platform was formed in 2014 and is an alliance of organisations from across industries and transport modes representing producers, operators, and users of transport, as well as cities and civil society, who have joined forces to drive forward the electrification of surface transport. The platform consists of 13 organisations, including ECOS members Transport and Environment and Bellona.