17 January 2019

EU Stakeholder Group Calls for Clean Vehicle Procurement Rules

The EU needs clean vehicle procurement rules to boost e-mobility in cities, says major e-mobility stakeholder group the Platform for Electro-mobility.  With air pollution responsible for 400,000 premature deaths every year, and greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector still on the rise, fossil free mobility and transport should be a key goal for local and European level policymakers alike.

Folker Franz, Head of Government Relations EU at ABB, a member of the Platform for Electro-mobility, calls for a Clean Vehicles Directive that would mandate public authorities to procure a minimum share of clean and zero-emissions vehicles by 2025 and by 2030.

An overarching policy framework identifying clear electrification targets for public fleets would send a strong message to vehicle manufacturers and reduce the overall cost of the technology and allow zero emission solutions reach the scale needed. Most importantly, it would be a solid path toward significant CO2 reductions and clean air in European cities.

European projects such as BuyZET and ECCENTRIC showcase pilot actions of low or zero emission public procurements. For more case studies and guidance on low emission public transport and mobility, head over to our resource centre.

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