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EV charging infrastructure missing on agenda for incoming EU transport commissioner

Adina-Ioana Vălean

Incoming EU transport commissioner and Romanian MEP Adina-Ioana Vălean did not mention electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure as part of her opening statement in European Parliament.

Vălean made her statement on November 14 as part of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN).

Transport and Environment, the European umbrella for companies promoting sustainable transport, said it was concerned that the area of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure was not specifically raised.

Vălean did mention that in order to reach a climate neutral economy by 2050 there needed to be a 90% reduction in transport emissions. However, she said current measures would only result in a 20% reduction.

She said: “So it's absolutely a need to check out our actions on three crucial areas. First, incentivizing direct consumer choices and low emission practices, then improving efficiency across the whole transport system. And thirdly, to increase the uptake of clean vehicles and alternative fuels.”

Vălean also said she wants the EU to remain a leader on developing connected and automated vehicles, but again, made no specific mention of EV infrastrcuture challenges.

William Todts, executive director of T&E, said alternative fuels is “policy speak” for LPG, fossil gas and biofuels.

Todts said the EU and transport departments have a crucial role to play in supporting the charging infrastructure required to boost EV adoption across Europe.

Todts said: “European carmakers plan to produce at least four million electric cars here by 2025 and are investing billions into the transition.

“The transport commissioner should champion policies that will help EU industry win the global race by prioritising electric charging points at home, at work and across the EU’s highways.”

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