May 15, 2018,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

The European Union moves up a gear with regard to electric cars

New European directives are set to introduce standards that will make it easier to recharge electric vehicles near shops, offices or joint ownership properties.   

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In order to encourage inhabitants of the European Union to buy an electric vehicle, the European Parliament is currently working to put new standards in place in order to increase the number of charging stations in all European countries. This is in keeping with the Energy Performance of Buildings directive, explains Auto Plus.


At least one charging point for every new public building 


These new standards envisage that every future public building should have at least one electric vehicle charging point. This measure will also apply to office and business premises whose car parks have more than ten spaces. This type of building will also be obliged to install one charging station and cables to cover 20% of their car park if they are being renovated.  

With regard to housing, any renovations carried out on residential buildings with a car park containing more than ten spaces will require cables in every parking space. Residents who purchase an electric vehicle will then be able to have a charging station fitted quickly and at a reduced cost. 


Measures inspired by Norway to encourage electromobility  


Electric vehicles (EVs) only represent 1% of the market sector in Europe, a percentage that is consistently low in all countries in this zone, with the exception of Norway, where it is constantly increasing, helped along by a number of government measures. Europe hopes to draw inspiration from this success by increasing the number of charging stations. The lack of charging points is a sizeable obstacle for consumers, says the European Environment Agency, as is the low autonomy and long recharge times of EVs.  

Thanks to the new European standards, the electric vehicle market should start to pick up. “We [Ed.: the European Union] are establishing a link between buildings and e-mobility infrastructure. Another building block of the Energy Union has been laid today,” enthused Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president responsible for the Energy Union. 

These new measures, which have been approved by the European Parliament, must now be approved by the Council of Ministers. If necessary, they must then be included in the national laws of the different member states within 20 months.  


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