(The following press release from the European Automobile Manufacturers
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European auto makers pave way for uniform system of e-vehicle charging
Brussels, 22 September 2011 -- The European automobile manufacturers
have defined a comprehensive set of recommendations to standardise the
charging of electrically-chargeable vehicles. The joint industry
proposal will enable the use of one type of plug independent of car
make, electricity provider or country.
“This is a major step towards the broader introduction of
electrically-chargeable vehicles in Europe and paves the way for a
harmonised solution around the globe”, said Ivan Hodac, Secretary
General of ACEA, the automobile manufacturers’ trade association. “We
call on the European Commission, the standardisation bodies and the
infrastructure providers to adopt these recommendations and to clear
remaining issues as soon as possible.”
Standardisation of the connection between the electricity grid and
electrically-chargeable vehicles is one of the prerequisites to help
e-mobility gain a viable market share. At present, a variety of
solutions is used, leading to a fragmentation of the market across
Europe and abroad.
The industry recommendations cover the whole link between the public
charging infrastructure and the vehicle inlet including the
communication between the two, and they address both slow and fast
charging with direct or alternate current. As soon as approved by the
relevant standardisation bodies, vehicle manufacturers will start
integrating the uniform application in their production cycles. The auto
industry advocates the full implementation for new vehicles types from
A unique standard for vehicle charging will benefit all parties
involved: the auto industry, the consumer and the infrastructure
provider. “Standardisation provides predictability to investors; it
enables economy of scale and reduces costs. We have also ensured a
solution that meets the highest safety standards and is easy to use”,
Most stakeholders assume a realistic market share for
electrically-chargeable vehicles in the range of
3 to 10% of new sales by 2020 to 2025, depending on how quickly the most
immediate challenges can be addressed.
The European automotive industry is key to the strength and
competitiveness of Europe. The ACEA members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks,
Daimler, FIAT S.p.A., Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Jaguar Land
Rover, MAN Truck & Bus, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group,
Scania, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Volvo
Group. They provide direct employment to more than 2.3 million people
and indirectly support another 10 million jobs. Annually, ACEA members
invest over €26 billion in R&D, or 5% of turnover.
The ACEA position paper on charging is available at www.acea..be
For further information, please contact Sigrid de Vries, Director
Communications ACEA +32 2 738 73 45 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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