The European Union has unveiled a strategy to become a world leader in the green vehicle market, including a framework for common standards for electric cars across Europe by 2011 and the development of a network of charging stations continent-wide.
Calling this a defining stage for the automotive industry, E.U. leaders outlined steps to promote the adoption of fuel-efficient vehicles, boost low-carbon technologies, and increase the manufacturing of low-emissions vehicles in Europe.
The plan includes maintaining existing regulations to reduce carbon emissions, initiatives to encourage new innovations and technologies, and the standardization of electric car technologies across the continent so that drivers can recharge their vehicles in any E.U. country.
“Without strong standardisation work, I think it will be difficult to develop a market for electric cars,” said European Union industry commissioner Antonio Tajani.
The plan was unveiled a day after the European Environment Agency urged EU leaders to craft a clear transportation plan to curb carbon emissions.
That report found that, despite advances in new technology, carbon emissions continue to rise because of an increase in the distances people and goods are traveling.
Article appearing courtesy Yale Environment 360.