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Brussels, May 26 2011

VP Kallas to outline how electric cars will bring about a transport revolution

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas will today present his vision for the deployment of electric cars in Europe during a speech at the European Electric Vehicles Conference 2011 in Brussels. The Commission recently published its new Transport White Paper, which includes proposals for cutting carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050 and removing conventionally-fuelled cars in cities. In today's speech Vice-President Kallas, Commissioner responsible for transport, will outline how these ambitious targets will be turned into concrete actions.

Vice-President Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "The electrification of road transport could radically change the way mobility is organised. Ultra-clean and silent buses would improve the image of public transport; clean and silent service and delivery vehicles would improve the quality of life in cities. What we need now is to strengthen support for the necessary technological development, and pave the way for the market introduction of this technology in Europe, and thereby take the lead on a global level."

The new White Paper sets out a comprehensive strategy for a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers, drive growth and employment and decarbonise transport. For urban transport this means a big shift to cleaner fuels. By 2030 the use of conventionally fuelled cars in urban transport should be halved by 2030, while transporting goods in major urban centres should then be essentially CO2-free. By 2050 the use of conventionally fuelled cars should be phased out in cities. Also included in the White Paper is the Clean Transport Systems initiative. The main objective of this important initiative is to develop a sustainable alternative fuel strategy for the EU, including the appropriate infrastructure.

The Commission already plays an important role in fostering the technological development of electric vehicles. For example, it has made €24.2 million available to support Europe-wide electromobility demonstration project Green eMotion. The aim of the project is to exchange and develop know-how and experience in selected regions within Europe as well as facilitate the market roll-out of electric vehicles in Europe.

The European Electric Vehicles Conference 2011 has been organised by Forum Europe and the Centre for European Policy Studies and brings together stakeholders from the transport, energy and environment sectors.

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