“In the medium- and long term, a basket of alternative fuels is expected to play a growing role in the road transport, leading to progressive transport decarbonisation. This is why a roll-out of multiple alternative infrastructures is necessary in order to create favourable conditions for deployment of vehicles powered by those different alternative fuels. The roll-out of those infrastructures has to be in step with technological developments (technological viability) and market penetration (economic viability) of a given fuel. Complete life-cycle performance of different fuels and propulsion systems and the scale effects and systems analysis of infrastructure costs (build-up and energy costs) should also be considered at the same time and kept under review.” One of the key recommendations of the final Report of the EU Cars 21 High Level Group clearly pointed to technological and market viability as key indicators for potential infrstructure roll-out support, stating that ”eventually the market will have to decide whether a given option is economically viable and which options will prevail”. It also stated that :
European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: ”The CARS 21 report provides useful input for the important strategic vision for the automotive industry in 2020 which we will present after the summer. But the automotive industry needs to be in good shape first in order to realise this vision. We therefore need to act now and decisively in order to counter current economic difficulties by mobilising financing for research, carefully evaluating any new regulation and supporting the expansion on third markets”.