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Published on January 21st, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Europe EV Policy

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Olivier Onidi, Director of Innovative & Sustainable Mobility in the European Commission, about EU electric vehicle (EV) policy. He had some interesting things to say regarding overall EU policy as well as some country-specific policies. Here is a video of that interview:

Estonia is indeed a strong EV leader, especially in its support of a nationwide fast-charging charging network. It’s a little surprising to see Estonia standing out as such an EV leader, but then again, maybe not.

Norway is also mentioned. The Scandinavian country is the undisputed champion of the EV world. It’s a country everyone should be emulating.

But “every single [EU] nation is creatively looking at developing policies” to support EVs, and that’s uplifting. Let’s just hope they move closer to the Norway ideal fast!

Check out all of my EVS27 coverage here.

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

  • Wayne Williamson

    Very enlightening video on the EU EV direction. It would be nice to see something similar in the states(US) where they come together and agree on an EV policy. Oh yeah, that’s supposed to be the senate and the house;-(sorry about that;-)

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    • Zachary Shahan

      Haha, thanks. :D I have reorganized what I’m doing behind the scenes in order to allow more time for writing. And I’ve gotten the chance to attend a number of events that have allowed for much more original content, which I’m hugely thankful for. Am so happy that you are noticing that, and I appreciate that you are letting me know about it. :D

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