EU ministers call for common electric car strategy

February 9, 2010
Spanish Minister of industry Miguel Sebastian (C) sits in an electric car with Renault President in Spain, Jean Pierre Laurent (R), as they attend an exhibition about electric vehicles at Kursaal palace in the northern Spanish Basque city of San Sebastian. EU industry ministers on Tuesday pressed the European Commission to establish a common strategy to develop electric cars.

EU industry ministers on Tuesday pressed the European Commission to establish a common strategy to develop electric cars.

Ministers and industry representatives discussed the future of , which are seen as both an environmental necessity and an opportunity for economic growth, at an informal meeting in San Sebastian, northern Spain.

Madrid currently holds the rotating EU presidency and the Spanish Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian said he "believed leadership on must be driven by communal institutions."

Spain wants the electric car to feature in the EU's 2020 strategy, the economic reform project aimed at ensuring prosperity and sustainable growth for Europe.

Plans for electric cars are currently scattered around EU member states and , and Madrid wants the European Commission to prepare a plan for a common strategy by May.

Fierce competition in the electric car sector is expected to come from the United States and China, and EU ministers urged swift action.

But they did not discuss in detail the awkward question of public funding -- which manufacturers have asked for to kick start the sector.

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GIJoeKing
not rated yet Feb 09, 2010
Now, if there weren't so many darned Smart cars here in Europe. I would like to add that electric cars are going to need a noise maker added to them so that people and animals don't get into more accidents with these vehicules. And lastly, where is the electricity going to come from to power these cars? Here in Berlin, it's gonna come from one of the many coal burning plants here in town. Thanks Spain!

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