The EU needs 30 million electrical autos to be on the street by 2030 so as to meet the emissions targets

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The European Union wants to have at least 30 million electric vehicles on its roads by 2030. This is the result of a draft report to be published this week.

Other ambitious measures to tackle EU greenhouse gas emissions – 25 percent of which come from the transport sector – are also expected to be set, according to the Reuters report.

“The EU’s target of climate neutrality by 2050 cannot be achieved without introducing very ambitious measures to reduce the dependence of transport on fossil fuels,” the document says. It is estimated that the block will require three million public charging stations and 1,000 hydrogen filling stations by 2030. This is significantly more than the 200,000 EV charging points and 1.8 million electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles currently approved in Europe (EU and non-EU member states).

The proposals find themselves amid growing tensions among EU members over a plan to tighten the emissions reduction target for 2030 to at least 55 percent from 1990 by the end of the next decade. Achieving this goal from the existing 40 percent is a key element of the European Green Deal and would require more spending on power generation and infrastructure.

Last month, the UK, which is currently in transitional talks about leaving the EU, announced that it would bring forward the banning of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030, along the lines of Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

extension of infrastructure

To facilitate the move to zero-emission vehicles, Essex energy company Gridserve today opened the first of more than 100 planned electric forecourts across the UK under a £ 1 billion (US $ 1.33 billion) five-year plan.

The solar-powered, super-fast electric forecourt provides up to 36 cars with 350 kW charging power at the same time – enough to reach a range of 200 miles in 20 minutes.

Toddington Harper, Founder and Managing Director of Gridserve, said, “It is our shared responsibility to keep greenhouse gas emissions from rising, and clean energy electric vehicles are a big part of the solution.

“However, charging has to be easy and fearless. That’s why we’ve completely tailored our electric forecourt to meet driver needs, updated the traditional gas station model for a zero-carbon world, and created the confidence people need to switch to electric transportation today. “

While Norway leads Europe in per capita ownership of electric vehicles thanks to generous tax incentives that dramatically lower the price of electric vehicles, other European countries have seen mixed results.

In addition to the comparatively high costs for new vehicles, other factors such as “range anxiety” – concerns about not finding charging options – have made drivers reluctant to switch.

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Published on December 16, 2020 – 15:00 UTC

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