The EU will soon have a network of clean energy recharging stations
Today the European Parliament passed a directive that will strengthen the market for alternative fuel vehicles through the deployment of recharging stations across Europe.
S&D spokesperson on the issue, MEP Ismail Ertug, said:
"Today more than 90% of the energy used in transport is derived from crude oil. In order to reduce European's overdependence on oil, the Socialists and Democrats worked hard for even more ambitious targets for this directive.
"The new legislation sets out common standards for infrastructure deployment across Europe. For example, we now will have only one type of electric vehicle connector. This will mean that a German car can be recharged at any European recharging point, without the need for an expensive adapter.
"It is a big step forward in ensuring EU-wide sustainable mobility. This legal framework will give consumers and industry the confidence to invest in sustainable vehicles, because they are the future. At the same time, Europe can take the lead in these clean technologies, thus boosting the potential for exports and creating new jobs.
"Now EU member states will have to implement national strategies on building up infrastructure for alternative fuels within the next two years and the Commission will have to present a comprehensive action plan on sustainable mobility by 2018."