In a current press release, the European electricity sector association Eurelectric states that there is an increased need for action for the electrification of transport. According to the release, the share of electricity in the total consumption of the European energy system must almost triple – from 22% today to at least 60% by 2050 – in order to be completely decarbonized. A special focus for these efforts will be on the transport sector. Today, only 1% of the energy in the sector is electrical. This must be increased to 63%. The already agreed CO2 standards for passenger cars and vans are expected to result in around 30-40 million electric cars by 2030. This must be accompanied by a corresponding acceleration in the expansion of the charging infrastructure. Over the next 10 years, the number of publicly accessible charging points will have to increase more than twentyfold. Kristian Ruby, Secretary General of Eurelectric says: “In road transport we need a political push and financing support to roll out the necessary charging infrastructure. And, we should instil a right-to-plug to make the switch to electric as simple and as convenient as possible for consumers”.
Eurelectric stresses that the decarbonization of the energy sector in the EU is progressing steadily, but that increased political action and financing are needed to succeed. It is also necessary to prepare for a more complex electricity grid in which decentralized energy production plays a greater role and electric vehicles, heat pumps and other grid-edge technologies can be integrated.
Source: Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric aisbl | www.eurelectric.org
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