Alternative fuels directive : A first step towards common standards but much remains to be done

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    The European Parliament approved yesterday the political agreement reached with the Council on the Directive on the Deployment of Alternative fuels. The new rules should be formally adopted by Council later this year. The Directive will require Member States to submit to the Commission national plans for minimum levels of infrastructure for alternative fuels, including hydrogen and electricity. It also empowers the Commission to adopt delegated acts to set standards for recharging points for L-category vehicles.


    Commenting on the outcome of the vote ACEM Secretary General Jacques Compagne said “While the compromise reached by the Parliament and the Council is not perfect, it paves the way for more technical predictability, something that L-category vehicle manufacturers require. The next step now is to ensure that appropriate standards are approved by CEN/CENELEC and that the necessary delegated acts, catering for electric and hydrogen L-category vehicles, are adopted by the Commission”.