Strategy "Green Vehicles" (Communication)

The Commission presents a strategy for encouraging the development and uptake of green road vehicles. In particular, it wishes to promote “clean and energy efficient” vehicles based on conventional combustion engines and “ultra-low-carbon vehicles“ through the deployment of new technologies such as alternative fuels, electric motors and fuel cells.


As it is not to the task of politics to decide which technologies are appropriate, it is to be welcomed that the Commission does not expressly favour the promotion of certain technologies. The standardisation of charging interfaces between electricity sources and the charger of vehicles is reasonable. Electric vehicles should be integrated into a “smart grid” in the long run in order to distribute peak loads better and to adjust charging activities to the fluctuating supply from renewable energies. It is to be criticised that the Commission does not intend to include the automotive sector into EU emissions trading.