Green eMotion Conference Sees Launch Of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations At European Commission

Press Release

The European Commission today took a decisive step towards the electromobility age by installing two electric vehicle charging stations in front of its departments for transport and energy. The stations were inaugurated by the Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport, Siim Kallas, and the Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, following an initiative by electricity industry association EURELECTRIC and charging station supplier Siemens. The charging stations will be operated as a demo region of the Green eMotion project, a large-scale electromobility demonstration project running acrossEuropeuntil 2015.

The inauguration of the charging stations took place as part of a Green eMotion conference, organised within the European Union's Sustainable Energy Week to inform visitors about the initiative's ambitious aim of demonstrating electromobility technology in 12 regions around Europe. Key topics of the conference were the implementation of a European marketplace for electromobility, standardisation, strategies for implementing electromobility projects in cities, and information on necessary charging and grid infrastructure. Installing charging stations is an important prerequisite for the successful introduction of electromobility: they raise overall awareness by demonstrating that electromobility is already a reality.

"Decarbonising transport lies at the heart of our plans for sustainable smart growth and the transition to a resource-efficient economy. Compared with today's conventional petrol and diesel vehicles, electric cars can save up to 30% of CO2 emissions. They will help cities to reduce local pollution and the EU's overall greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, electrifying road transport could radically change the way mobility is organised in Europe, particularly in urban areas," said Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas, speaking at the inauguration event.

"E-mobility, with its use of clean, low-carbon electricity, can make both the energy and transport sector more sustainable and contribute significantly to the EU's decarbonisation effort. This project is a win-win situation: Commission staff and visitors now have a convenient way of charging their electric vehicles, while delivering information on customer behaviour that will help Green eMotion to develop recommendations for further electromobility growth," said Hans ten Berge, Secretary General of event organisers EURELECTRIC.

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Note for editors:

Green eMotion is a large-scale European e-mobility demonstration project, launched within the European Union’s Green Cars Initiative. It brings together 43 partners from industry, energy sector, electric vehicle manufacturers, municipalities as well as universities and research institutions. The aim is to develop and to demonstrate a commonly accepted and user-friendly framework consisting of interoperable and scalable technical solutions in connection with a sustainable business platform. Smart grid developments, innovative ICT solutions, different types of electric vehicles and urban mobility concepts will all be taken into account. The four-year project started in March 2011. It has a total budget of €42m, €24m of which are funded by the European Commission.