European Platform for Electro-Mobility Launched
BRUSSELS, Belgium – “The EU needs to speed up electrification and be the leader in clean transport.” This was European Union’s DG Move Director-General, Henrik Hololei’s comment on the launch of the Platform for Electro-Mobility, end of April in Brussels
The new Platform unites stakeholders from the road, rail and electricity supply sectors, as well as from civil society and cities.
Electrification of all transport modes
The Platform currently has 21 members. They jointly promote the benefits of sustainable electrification of all transport modes in Europe. AVERE, the European Association for Electromobility, is one of the founding members and ensures the necessary attention for light electric vehicles (LEVs), including electric bicycles, in the Platform.
Platform’s position paper
Since the launch, the Platform has been finalizing an exhaustive position paper in anticipation of the Commission’s Communication on the Decarbonization of Transport. This Communication is expected to be published next Summer.
Lack of harmonization
In the position paper, the Platform points out that the market for LEVs is hampered by unadapted technical rules and lack of harmonization of safety and traffic rules. Therefore, the Platform calls on the Commission to simplify the technical rules and to harmonize safety and traffic rules. Also, the Platform calls on the Commission to better integrate LEVs in EU policy. One example is the need to extend the scope of the Clean Vehicles Directive, which is now limited to cars and vans, to LEVs. This is necessary to make local authorities better aware of LEVs in public procurement.
A Platform delegation is currently visiting different Directorate-Generals of the Commission to amplify on this position.
More at www.platformelectromobility.eu