The automotive industry, energy generation, electricity and charging infrastructure today today called on the European Parliament and the Council in Brussels “to adopt a strong interconnected policy to accelerate the transition to zero-emission and CO2-neutral mobility”.

The industries were represented by their associations: the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), the European Automobile Suppliers Association (CLEPA), Eurelectric (the broad electricity industry), WindEurope (the energy sector) and ChargeUp Europe (electric transport). charging infrastructure industry).

Lobby groups, all key players in the “decarbonisation of road transport”, made their first general address to politicians at an inter-industry roundtable.

“First of all, it is necessary to increase investment in infrastructure for charging and refueling cars, minibuses, trucks and buses with alternative traffic,” said the industry coalition.

“Therefore, the EU will need to adopt higher targets for both public and private infrastructure than those set out in the European Commission’s proposals on alternative fuels infrastructure (AFIR) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

“Government support, financial incentives, co-financing and mandatory targets are needed to make charging and hydrogen refueling stations commercially viable during the build-up phase of electric vehicles.”

This was very important in order to “make the minimum infrastructure network available quickly across the EU,” the co-signatories said.

“Population intervention is now needed for a limited period, especially in areas where deployment is slower.”

They added: “Infrastructure development should go hand in hand with the transition to zero-emission energy. Indeed, the move towards climate-neutral transport and mobility only makes sense if the transition to zero-emission energy takes place in parallel. ”

“Therefore, incentives should be given to encourage the use of zero-emission energy in the transport sector, the signatories said.

“The key is to speed up permitting procedures to deploy the necessary renewable energy capacity.

“The end user should also not be forgotten, with a policy that provides a customer-oriented payment ecosystem that is affordable and allows roaming across the EU, without compromising the contractual freedom of operators in this market.

“Automotive, energy, electricity and charging infrastructure call on the European Parliament and the Council to adopt a strong, interlinked policy to accelerate the transition to zero-emission and CO2-neutral mobility.”

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