Event - How can zero-emission mobility become the motor of European green recovery?

Event - How can zero-emission mobility become the motor of European green recovery?

How the transport sector can best exit this crisis while staying on track by delivering the much-needed carbon savings to the sector.

The Global COVID-19 outbreak has confronted Europe with an unprecedented crisis by both scale, duration, impact on people lives and seriously impacting economic activity, the transport sector is , one of the most seriously affected industries.

Shortly before the COVID-19 outbreak, the European Commission launched its European Green Deal, a new policy initiative meant to focus minds and underline the need to transform Europe Economy and set it on a sustainable path, with a goal of becoming the first carbon neutral continent by 2050. Just before the lockdown, Europe has also seen record EV sales and huge investments going into electromobility such as charging and batteries. With the large EU recovery package now on the agenda, the key question is how it can be used to continue the pre-COVID momentum and accelerate the transition to zero emissions mobility.

The Platform for Electro-mobility representing >35 industrial, urban and environmental stakeholders from across Europe wholeheartedly embrace this objective. Given the new economic context the platform would like to convene around an event addressing the question, how the transport sector can best exit this crisis and at the same time deliver on the much needed carbon savings for our sector.


10:00 – 10:05 Welcome remarks

Mrs. Laura Shields – Moderator

10:05 – 10:15 Introduction to Platform for Electromobility (including Video)

Mr. Arne Richters – Chair of The Platform for Electromobility

10:15 – 10:25 European Parliament: The role of zero-emission transport in the recovery programme

Special guest: Mr. Pascal Canfin – Chair of Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

10:25 – 10:35 European Commission: The role of zero-emission transport in the recovery

Special guest: Mr. Daniel Mes – Member of the Cabinet of Executive Vice-President on the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, responsible for the transport portfolio

10:35 – 11:05 Impulse Reactions from Platform members:

  • Mr. Thierry Lassus – Senior Vice-President Transport & Infrastructure ABB Power Grids
  • Mrs. Julia Poliscanova – Head of Clean vehicles & e-Mobility Transport & Environment
  • Mr. Peter Badik – CEO and Founder of Greenway

11:05 – 11:20 Discussion and Q&A

11:20 – 11:30 Conclusions

Event: Leading the e-mobility transition - Time to act

Date and Time: Tue 9 October 2018, 16:45 – 19:00

Location: Thon EU, Rue de la loi 75, 1040 Brussels



Europe is striving to lead the transition to a decarbonized economy and all sectors have an important role to play. CO2 emissions have decreased in all sectors with the exception of transport. An increasingly decarbonized electricity mix can contribute to the decarbonization of the transport sector, as there is no energy carrier that can curb greenhouse gas emissions to the same extent and scale as electricity.

The Clean Mobility Package can provide the regulatory framework to allow for the electrification of the transport sector, thus reducing emissions from this sector while creating new business opportunities. A high level of ambition through CO2 emission standards and ambitious public procurement practices could incentivize the transition to more sustainable vehicles, and give Europe a competitive edge in zero emission technologies internationally.

What are the economic aspects that surround electro-mobility? What technological improvements have been made? What are the new market drivers? What are the opportunities and needs in terms of new infrastructure? What are the new horizons for jobs and growth? What are the business cases and lessons for future development of electro-mobility?



  • 16:45 Registration
  • 17:15 Welcome remarks by Seb Dance, MEP
  • 17:25 Keynote speech by Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES
  • 17.35 Presentation Climate Foundation “Trucking into a Greener Future” by Jon Stenning, Associate Director Cambridge Econometrics
  • 17:50 Panel discussion and Q&A

– Giovanni Coppola, Enel X
– Marie-France Van Der Valk, Renault-Nissan
– Dario Dubolino, DG Move
– Dorothée Coucharriere, Blue Solutions
– Moderator: Greg Archer, Transport & Environment

  • 18:55 Closing remarks by Seb Dance, MEP
  • 19:00 Networking cocktail


Press Release

Enough public chargers planned; infrastructure can’t be blamed for the slow uptake of EVs – analysis

More investment in public charging infrastructure needed after 2020 as electric vehicle sales increase.

Contrary to mainstream belief that there are not enough electric vehicle chargers and that this is discouraging potential EV buyers, a new analysis reveals sufficient public recharging facilities for the number of cars on the road in 2017 in many countries. Furthermore, if national EV infrastructure roll-out plans are met there will also be sufficient EV chargers until 2020.

The analysis by the Electromobility Platform [1] confirms that for passenger cars it is not the lack of infrastructure but rather the limited availability of electric vehicles that is responsible for low vehicles sales – 1.4% of new car sales in the EU in 2017. The Electromobility Platform is a partnership uniting organisations from across civil society, industries, and transport modes to promote the shift to all forms of electric transport.

The analysis found that on average there were five electric vehicles on the road per public charging point in 2017 in Europe, more than recommended by the European Commission [2]. However the European average ratio masks locations of over and under supply where further investment is needed.

If EU countries deliver on their plans for the roll-out of public charging infrastructure there will be around 10 EVs per charger by 2020, also in line with the Commission target. But further investment in public charging points (PCPs) will be required both before and after 2020 as electric vehicle sales increase.

Marie-France van der Valk, Head of the Brussels Renault-Nissan Alliance Office and Chairwoman of the Platform for Electro-mobility, said: “The European Member States are taking the right turn on electro-mobility and the EV market is starting to develop in an encouraging way. But full electro-mobility momentum can only be achieved together, with all of the EU members taking real initiatives for more infrastructure, green public procurement and actively supporting the shift to a low-carbon economy.”

The Platform analysis also shows that there will be at least one high power charging station every 40km on key European highways, a continental road network known as the TEN-T Comprehensive network, by 2020. This is more than the Commission’s recommendation of one charging station every 60 km. However, beyond 2020 increased numbers of charging points will be needed in some locations.

Electromobility not only helps drastically reduce climate-changing emissions from vehicles, but is also crucial to cut noise and air pollution levels in urban areas. Public authorities can provide a lead in supporting the shift to zero-emission transport and should be encouraged and supported to do so.

Nicolas Erb, Director of European Public Affairs for Alstom and Vice-Chair of the Platform, said: “By setting national targets for the public procurement of clean vehicles by 2025 and 2030, the directive currently being discussed in Parliament and Council is a major opportunity to boost zero-emission vehicle operations in European cities. Electric buses, taxis and delivery vehicles will help tackle the air pollution crisis in European cities and provide a market for clean European vehicles, strengthening the competitiveness of our industry.”

The Electromobility Platform will present the key findings of its new analysis today in a public event in the European Parliament at 5pm (Brussels time), in the presence of the Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc.

Matthijs van Miltenburg MEP, host of the Platform event, said: “Europe needs to be a climate and technology leader. Electromobility helps achieve both strategic objectives. Europe should set a suite of ambitious policies to drive the economic and environmental benefits electromobility offers.”


[1] The Platform for Electro-Mobility is an European alliance of 31 producers, infrastructure managers, operators, transport users, cities and civil society organisations from across industries and transport modes. The Platform advocates the acceleration of electrification of all modes of transport. The vision of the Platform for Electro-mobility is a sustainable, multimodal transport system in which people and goods are predominantly moved across land in Europe using sustainable electricity.

Current Members of the Platform: ABB, Alstom, Avere, Bellona, BlueSolutions, CER, CHAdeMO, Change Partnership, ChargePoint, European Cyclists Federation, ECOS, EIM, Enel, ENTSO-E, EURELECTRIC, Eurobat, European Copper Institute, London EV Company, Polis, RATP, Renault-Nissan, SmartEn, Siemens, SolarPower Europe, Tesla, 3M, Transport & Environment, UFE, UITP, Unife and Wind Europe.

[2] The European Commission recommends 10 EVs per public charging infrastructure, but this ratio will vary widely between locations and in particular whether private parking is available.

One million electric vehicles just around the corner – What next?

One million electric vehicles just around the orner - What next?

In the coming months, Europe is to pass the 1 million electric vehicles mark. Considering EVs were virtually absent from the market half a decade ago, this is a stunning achievement which must not hide the fact that electrification of transport will still require some support from policy makers in the coming years.

The European Commission’s mobility package, with the revision of the Clean Vehicles directive, an action plan for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure and new emission standards for cars and vans is a unique opportunity to lift obstacles to EV purchase.

During this event, speakers discussed the current status of EV deployment in the EU, and shared their insights on what still holds down consumers from switching to electric cars, where and how to deploy a charging infrastructure and what European policy-makers can do to support the transition towards electro-mobility.

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CET)
Place: European Parliament, Member’s restaurant, Brussels


  • 16:30 Registration
  • 17:00 Welcome address, Matthijs van Miltenburg, MEP
  • 17:10 Introduction, Marie-France van der Valk, Chair of the Platform for Electro-mobility
  • 17:20 Keynote speech, Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport
  • 17:30 Panel debate and Q&A with the audience – Can the EC transport package keep the momentum for electro-mobility?

Moderator: Greg Archer, Director Clean Vehicles, Transport & Environment

– Monique Goyens, Director General, BEUC
– Raphael Görner, Vice President Power Infrastructure, ABB Germany
– Benjamin Bailly, e-Bus Director, Alstom
– Umberto Guida, Director Research and Innovation, UITP
– Tina Zierul, Senior Director Public Policy, Chargepoint

  • 19:00 Networking Cocktail

The Platform for Electromobility