Creation date: January 19, 2015
The EU's TEN-T Programme will back with over €1 million a market study and a pilot on the deployment of electric vehicles and their charging infrastructure along the main highways in southern Sweden, Denmark and northern Germany. The project will contribute to removing barriers for long distance 'green' travel across borders.
One of the main barriers to the widespread use of electric vehicles on European roads is lack of convenient service stations and their incompatibility with other kinds of vehicles.
This project will carry out feasibility studies on consumer preferences and user acceptance of electric vehicles and the related charging infrastructure, as well as the supporting consumer services. It will also make a pilot deployment of fast charging stations along the highways in southern Sweden (E20, E6 and E22), Denmark (E20, E45 and E55) and northern Germany (E45 and E22).
The key objective of the study is to clearly demonstrate the market readiness of fast charging technologies, serving multiple types of electric vehicles at the same locations and their consumer acceptance across borders in northern Europe. The study is also expected to show that sufficient infrastructure and innovative service solutions for e-mobility could expand the possibilities of electric travel to long-distance (over 500 kilometres) and ultimately encourage the take-up of electric vehicles.
The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority 'Decarbonisation (Oil substitution or environmental cost reduction)'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.
The project is to be completed by 31 December 2015.
The TEN-T Programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and upgrade of transport infrastructure across the European Union.
The INEA is managing the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme.