Monday, 24 March 2014

EU charging point rules

From Click Green we learn how determined the EU is that we should go electric on our roads. 

European law-makers have reached a deal to boost the take-up of alternative fuels in transport that will mean the UK will have to install 70,000 EV charging points by 2020.

All EU countries will have to ensure that enough refuelling and recharging stations are available to enable cars, trucks and ships using alternative fuels, such as natural gas and electricity, to move freely on EU roads and waterways, under an informal agreement reached by European Council and Parliament negotiators today.

Maybe this explains Nick Clegg's recent support for the Go Ultra Low campaign. He knew it was coming.

The UK Government remains committed to electric cars and there is “no date in the diary” for stopping subsidies to make them more affordable. That was the message from Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, as he helped to launch Go Ultra Low, a £2.5 million campaign to promote the benefits of electric and plug-in hybrid cars to buyers.

Clegg was speaking at an event held at the Ace Café in north London, where he also announced the government will invest £9 million to install more rapid charge-points to make motorway journeys by electric car feasible.


Demetrius said...

I have just had a brill' idea. Why not go entirely natural and use trained animals to pull vehicles? Lots of people own dogs, we could start with those. Mush!!!

A K Haart said...

Demetrius - or even horses!

Sam Vega said...

They have to have them on waterways as well?

My contribution to this debate is that they can have big plug sockets at the base of the offshore wind-turbines. That way ships can get the freshest electricity, only just made.

A K Haart said...

Sam - yes - I assume inland waterways are expected to go electric eventually.

Good idea about fresh electricity, although it needs clean wires to preserve that newly-minted crispness.