1 August 2019
The automobile industry and the public transport sector have come together to call on EU Member States to step up investments in much-needed infrastructure for charging and refuelling alternatively-powered buses.
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) issued this joint request following the European Council’s recent adoption of the Clean Vehicles Directive (2019/1161/EU).
The new directive sets binding targets for the public procurement of zero- and low-emission vehicles in each of the Member States for 2025 and 2030.
However, the two bodies have cautioned, without the necessary bus-specific infrastructure in place, these targets simply cannot be met.
ACEA and UITP are therefore urging Member States to scale up support measures for alternative fuel infrastructure for buses and urging the European Commission to bring forward a revision of DAFI (the Directive on Alternative Fuel Infrastructure, 2014/94/EU).
They describe the 2014 Directive as a missed opportunity to prepare the public transport sector for the shift to alternative fuels, as it placed an insufficient focus on buses.
ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert, said: “There is no doubt that climate change is a major challenge which also requires additional efforts to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the transport sector. EU bus manufacturers are fully committed to play their part.”
However, he warned, the lack of charging and refuelling infrastructure is a major barrier to introducing new bus technologies to the market.