EU to implement standardised chargers for EVs by mid-2011
The Commission has announced that it's given a mandate to develop a relevant standard for such vehicles to the European Standardisation Organisations bodies CEN-CENELEC and ETSI.
The new standard will be deployed in all EU member states to ensure that all types of electric vehicles and their batteries are charged both safely and easily.
The Commission has also asked the standardisation bodies to consider 'smart-charging' issues, whereby users can charge vehicles at off-peak times to get the lowest price and most efficient use of energy.
European Commission vice-president Antonio Tajani, in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: 'Electric cars are no longer some abstract concept. In the very near future these will be on our roads. To pave the way for their commercial success we cannot afford to have incompatible systems leading to a fragmented market in Europe. A common approach is therefore of importance both for European consumers and companies and will allow the EU to become a global leader in the sector.'