Fabian Demicoli

Consultation: European strategy on clean and energy efficient vehicles


The aim of this strategy is to
encourage the development and uptake of clean and energy efficient heavy-duty
vehicles, light-duty vehicles, two-wheelers, three-wheelers and
quadricycles.  This strategy aims to
provide an appropriate and technology neutral policy framework for clean and
energy efficient vehicles.

Two tracks need to be followed simultaneously:
promoting clean and energy efficient vehicles based on conventional internal
combustion engines and facilitating the deployment of breakthrough technologies
in ultra-low-carbon vehicles.

The following power trains are
considered:

Alternative fuels to burn in
combustion engines to substitute petrol or diesel fuel include liquid bio-fuels
and gaseous fuels (including LPG, CNG and biogas). They offer a potential to
reduce the environmental impact of road transport through reduced CO2 and
pollutant emissions.

Electric vehicles use an electric
motor to move the vehicle and are recharged with electricity. The energy is
stored in batteries or in other alternative storage systems on board the
vehicle.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can
also deliver similar environmental benefits to battery electric vehicles. They
also have electric motors but generate the electricity on board the vehicle
from hydrogen fuel using fuel cells, producing only water vapour.

The strategy builds on existing
ongoing measures and sets out medium- to long-term actions.  It will exploit the synergies between
improving internal combustion engines and introducing ultra-low-carbon technologies.

The Commission will ensure that
European research continues targeting low carbon fuels and clean and energy
efficient transport, including the improvement of conventional engines,
electric drive trains including alternative battery and hydrogen technologies.

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