- New white paper offers policymakers a roadmap to unleash the full potential of electric vehicles and battery technology
- Proposals provide solutions to increasing electric vehicle ownership and unblocking development of energy storage and vehicle-to-grid technology
- Outcomes would include cheaper energy, balance grid demand and will be pivotal to achieving Europe’s aim to be carbon neutral by 2050
PARIS, France – An action plan to unlock the potential of electric vehicles and battery technology and enable Europe to meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 has been unveiled today.
The proposals are designed to increase renewable energy generation, electric vehicle (EV) ownership and the integration of vehicles with power grids across European countries.
The project has been detailed in a new White Paper, led by Nissan, as part of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC), a programme supported by the European Commission bringing together industry, cities and researchers.
The White Paper covers the pivotal role battery technology will play, the need to ensure batteries have a full second life as mobile or static storage units, and the ways to tackle the current blockers to delivering energy systems such as vehicle-to-grid.
The practical recommendations for authorities to rethink how mobility and energy policies are designed and implemented include:
- Introducing vehicle incentives which target mid-range EV models to drive uptake in mass-market segments
- Using low-emissions zones within urban areas to drive behavioural change
- Public authorities leading by example by increasing the amount of electrified vehicles in public fleets, including buses and taxis
- Simplifying procedures for smart charging installation
- Introducing tax incentives based on environmental impact and the amount of energy sent back to the grid from EVs.
- Having mandatory or incentivised installation of renewable and energy efficiency technologies, as well as smart charging points, in new commercial buildings
- Promoting the financial benefits available through integrating electric vehicle ownership with solar panels and energy storage in the home
- Integrating policy making between mobility and energy, rather than dealing with both in isolation
Friederike Kienitz, Nissan Europe Vice President for Communications, Legal, External & Government Affairs, said: “To meet the challenges Europe faces we need a fundamental rethink on how mobility and energy policies are designed.
“While Nissan brought mass battery technology to Europe when it pioneered the Nissan LEAF 10 years ago, it is clear from this paper that this is about more than just Nissan or electric vehicles. There is much work to be done if Europe is to achieve its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050 and this white paper sets out how to get there at the national, regional and municipal level.”
Nissan Europe has been leading the Intelligent Mobility for Energy Transition initiative within the EIP-SCC and has interviewed key figures working in transport and energy to find out where the key pinch points are to transitioning to a greater level of renewable energy. The result is a comprehensive white paper that has been launched in front of policymakers at the Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona, and has been endorsed by a number of influential associations.
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About the White Paper
Nissan Europe has led the Intelligent Mobility for Energy Transition Initiative since 2017. It has involved coordinating projects focused on exploring the interconnectedness of mobility and energy policy as the electrification of transport accelerates. This white paper is one key outcome of the Nissan Europe’s involvement in the initiative.
This White Paper, titled ‘Intelligent Mobility for Energy Transition: Accelerating towards more sustainable societies’ was launched last week (November 20, 2019) at the Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona, alongside figures from the European Commission.
The White paper can be found here: https://eu-smartcities.eu/sites/eu-smartcities.eu/files/2019-11/IMET%20White%20Paper%20FINAL%281%29.pdf
For more information about Nissan Europe’s role in the initiative: https://eu-smartcities.eu/initiatives/839/description
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 16,000 staff across locally based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. In 2018, Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced about 600,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, Europe’s most selling electric vehicle in 2018. Pursuing a goal of zero emissions and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan is leading the field with its vision of Intelligent Mobility. Designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society.
About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2018, the company sold 5.52 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 11.6 trillion yen. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and acquired a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance sold 10.76 million vehicles combined in calendar year 2018.
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