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Registrations of electric vehicles will increase its share to 7% of new vehicle shares by 2020, according to the European Commission’s CARS 2020 Action Plan. This Plan reinforces the effectiveness of Electric Vehicles as a sustainable transport choice despite only 11,000 EU sales in 2011.

The Commission proposes a massive innovative push by streamlining research and innovation, co-operation with the European Investment Bank and an EU standard recharging interface.  These steps are intended to provide the regulatory certainty needed to facilitate a breakthrough for large scale electric car production.

Within the report by, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: “Europe produces the best cars in the world. The Commission wants this leadership to be maintained, moving even further ahead in safety and environmental performance.”

The Action Plan proposes four main themes of policy initiatives:

  • Investing in advanced technologies and financing innovation
  • Stronger internal market and smart regulation
  • Global markets and the international harmonisation of vehicle regulations
  • Anticipating adaptation and softening the social impacts of industrial adjustments

In order to monitor the implementation of the policies announced and continue the dialogue with the stakeholders, a dedicated process will be established called “CARS 2020”, to be launched in 2013. Electric Vehicles are going from strength to strength!

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