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Fresh global regulations will accelerate electric vehicle adoption

Date
17 November 2011
Fresh global regulations will accelerate electric vehicle adoption

BRUSSELS: The European Union, the United States and Japan have approved an international agreement in Geneva today, which will accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). The Global Technical Regulation will reduce costs and boost efficiency in the EV industry.

The partners, including the European Commission, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Japanese Ministry of Transport, agreed to work closely together on the regulatory obligations related to EVs in the global context.

Under the agreement, two informal working groups will exchange information on both environmental and safety aspects of EVs. The groups are open to all contracting parties relevant to the UN Agreement, including India and China. 

Manufacturers currently only produce EVs in small regional volumes, but by avoiding areas' regulatory differences, the new rules will cut costs and allow for scale-up on a wider scale.

Antonio Tajani, European Commission Vice President responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "This is a crucial step towards the development and reach out of electric cars. The regulatory cooperation agreement will help to increase the market potential for this important breakthrough technology, contributing for competitiveness and a more sustainable road transport."

Robin Haycock, Head of Transport, The Climate Group says: ‘This great initiative is an important step forward in collaboration. The Climate Group is already working with Quebec Government on collaborative work to share knowledge and data on EV deployment. There is a lot of confusion around the environmental issues surrounding EVs and a lot of misinformation around. With the safety aspects work it is common ground in all territories, so again a clear area to collaborate and we welcome these transformative initiatives.’

Luc Bas, Director of European Programmes, The Climate Group said: “This electric vehicle consensus between states with a powerful automotive industry is a big step towards harmonisation in the industry, which can expand the EV market globally. This kind of leadership, the one that can be translated into concrete agreements with a clear agenda, is the one that is crucial to fuel the Clean Revolution.” 

The agreement is an initiative of the European Commissions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan.

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