European Commission publishes its vision for putting Europe at the forefront of electric car tec
30 April 2010

The European Commission has published its vision for putting Europe at the forefront of electric car technology.

The strategy documentcalls for a Europe-wide standardised battery charger and for the new charging specification to be agreed by next year.

Antonio Tajani, the industry commissioner, said that common standards were essential for Europe, because Asian and US-based competitors were already developing their own programmes.

"Without strong standardisation work, I think it will be difficult to develop a market for electric cars," said Tajani.

Tajani added that the EU held no view on whether electric, hydrogen and other alternatively fuelled cars would take the market lead, but added that member states appeared to agree that electric-powered vehicles were the best long-term method to create low-carbon transport.

Transport accounts for about a quarter of the EU’s emissions of carbon dioxide.

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30 April 2010

[quote Autocar]The strategy documentcalls for a Europe-wide standardised battery charger [/quote]

except the Greeks, who shortly will be unable to afford an electric toothbrush between them let alone an electric car. Oh and Portugal, er, and Spain, and er Italy, and Ireland, and Britain.

Goodbye European Commissioners, your marxist dream for Europe is frigged.

Perhaps the Germans will have enough cash left after bailing out the feckless rest to afford an electric pot to p!ss in.

30 April 2010

[quote Autocar]Antonio Tajani, the industry commissioner, said that common standards were essential for Europe, because Asian and US-based competitors were already developing their own programmes.[/quote] Does this mean that Mr Tajani does not trust the manufacturers to come up with a common standard ? This is just another example of the EU interfering in things they don't understandproperly; there's no reason why cars sold in Europe shouldn't be based on the USA or Asian standardisation; do we really need yet another "common standard" in Europe that will only be adopted by European markets ? I agree that common standards are required but with the EU getting involved it will just mean more complication and expense, you only have to look at their record over the last few years to learn how to waste time and money in abundance.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

30 April 2010

We need to ask why the EU or Governments want electric cars at all. Comments have been made in these forums about ICE being less polluting than electric; but it is not generally realised how large the difference is. Using the Government's own (officially published ) figures the differences are:

Electric .538 Kg Co2 per kWh

Diesel .264 Kg CO2 per kWh

Petrol .250 Kg CO2 per kWh

Make no mistake Electric Cars are going to be a nightmare once introduced in numbers. Every single one will be being driven with 'Range Anxiety' as the main controlling factor ;and they will become the 'Caravans' of the new century; trailing long queues of traffic behind them. But; there will be many more of them!!

So, our new electric car causes the emission of 215% of CO2 of a Petrol car of equal power; and to turn the screw further they are considerably more polluting to manufacture.

Would it not be cleverer to put our current efforts into clean energy generation and worry about Electric Cars once this is achieved?

30 April 2010

I agree something has to be done about climate change but at the moment the tech is too expensive for most people to run an electric car, with electric cars starting at £25K+ they're way to expensive, even with the idea of battery exchange and leasing a battery, nobody with two or three kids is going to even think of buying an Eco car even if they are for green issues.

Peter Cavellini.

30 April 2010

EU standard - the Betamax of batteries.

30 April 2010

i dont give a monkeys about the co2 that electric puts out what matters is tailpipe pollutants, and electric cars have zero, this will save thousands of British lives every year.

30 April 2010

[quote beachland2]i dont give a monkeys about the co2 that electric puts out what matters is tailpipe pollutants, and electric cars have zero, this will save thousands of British lives every year.[/quote]

Well said

1 May 2010

So we've all got the finances and don't care about family transport then?

Peter Cavellini.

2 May 2010

Beechland

Do I understand you correctly; you think it is better to have TWICE the polution out the 'tailpipe' of a Power Station, than half the pollution out the tailpipe of a car?

2 May 2010

[quote beachland2]

i dont give a monkeys about the co2 that electric puts out what matters is tailpipe pollutants, and electric cars have zero, this will save thousands of British lives every year.

[/quote] Odd logic.

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