Electric vehicles: Helping consumers identify the right recharging option with standardised labels

News from Brussels

Source: ACEA, 2021-03-01

A brand new harmonised set of labels for electric vehicles and charging stations will start to be used throughout Europe as of 20 March this year, in line with the requirements of the EU Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure (2014/94/EU.)

As well as appearing on charging stations, the labels will be placed on all newly-produced electric cars, vans, trucks, buses, coaches, mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles in a clear and visible manner. The aim is to help consumers identify the right recharging option for their battery electric and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles by harmonising labelling across the entire EU.

In order to assist both consumers and the operators of charging points to understand these new labels, a coalition of European vehicle manufacturers, charging infrastructure operators and the electricity industry have published informative brochures. These brochures, in Q&A format, explain the purpose of these labels, their design and in which vehicles they will appear.

The brochures are now available online at www.fuel-identifiers.eu, alongside information on the harmonised fuel labels for internal combustion engines which were introduced in 2018. 

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