(The following press release from the European Automobile Manufacturers 
Association (ACEA) was received by e-mail. It was not confirmed with the 
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”, 
said Hodac. 
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. 
About ACEA 
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 
For  further  information,  please  contact  Sigrid  de  Vries, Director 
Communications ACEA  +32 2 738 73 45 or 
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