A network of e-mobility actors has written a joint letter to the European Commission (EC), calling for strong EU regulation to replace the outdated Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive with binding targets. The letter entitled “Why the EU Green Deal needs a strong regulation on recharging infrastructure for vehicles” argues for an EU-wide single recharging and hydrogen refuelling market.
On 14 July the EC published its 'Fit for 55’ climate package. This includes measures to reduce emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. One of which is a proposed revision of the Directive on deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.
The group, which includes, European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), trade union IndustriALL and environmental NGO T&E, emphasise the centrality of e-mobility in achieving these ambitious climate targets. The letter, addressed to Ursula von der Leyen, Mr Frans Timmermans, and Adina Valean, demands that the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (AFID) be replaced with more ambitious regulation. The AFID was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in September 2014 and requires Member States to develop national policy frameworks for the market development of alternative fuels and their infrastructure.
The letter warns that to achieve alternative fuel goals, regulation is required to support the deployment of necessary charging infrastructure in a coordinated and coherent way. The group asserts that a Directive, given the time it takes to implement into nation law, will not achieve this in the timeframe required to meet climate targets.
This follows advice from the European Court of Auditors, alerting to ‘fragmentation in electro-mobility’ with ‘differences in the density of recharging infrastructure and the Member States’ EV ownership rates'.
Original article published by ACEA on 2 July 2021.
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