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EU Commission hits the roads towards harmonised alternative fuels infrastructure

Published on: January 24, 2013

On January 24, 2013 EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas announced the EU Clean Power for Transport for Europe package to put harmonised infrastructure for all alternative fuels including hydrogen and battery recharging on European roads.  In the Communication the role of the European Electro-mobility Observatory, led by HyER in collaboration with TNO, ECN, TÜV Nord AVERE and Polis,  in monitoring progress in infrastructure development is mentioned. HyER informed the Commissioner on the EEO launch workshop taking place the same day. 

The EU Commission announced that the Type 2 plug will now be used as standard in the EU. The Hyundai IX 35, the Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen company car,  also braved the freezing temperatures to join the lign up of  CNG and LNG as well as battery vehicles.

More specifically on the zero emission options the EC indicated for:

Electricity: the situation for electric charging points varies greatly across the EU. The leading countries are Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. Under this proposal a minimum number of recharging points, using a common plug will be required for each Member State (see table attached). The aim is to put in place a critical mass of charging points so that companies will mass produce the cars at reasonable prices.

A common EU wide plug is an essential element for the roll out of this fuel. To end uncertainty in the market, today the Commission has announced the use of the “Type 2” plug as the common standard for the whole of Europe.

Hydrogen: Germany, Italy and Denmark already have a significant number of hydrogen refuelling stations although some of them are not publically accessible. Common standards are still needed for certain components such as fuel hoses. Under this proposal, existing filling stations will be linked up to form a network with common standards ensuring the mobility of Hydrogen vehicles. This applies to the 14 Member States which currently have a Hydrogen network.

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