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EU policy-makers seek to make electric transport a 'priority'

05 February 2015 | Reuters

Electric vehicles should be "a high priority", the European Commission says in a discussion paper that maps out its vision for a single energy union based on improved power and gas connections and the free flow of fuel across the European Union.

Some business interests, including major utilities, such as E.ON, as well as environmental groups, have been pushing for more focus on electric vehicles.

"Electrification of transport should be a high priority, with full integration of electric vehicles in urban mobility policies and in the electricity grid," the Commission memo seen by Reuters says.

Attempts to increase the share of biofuels to reduce emissions from transport have foundered after research showed the early biofuels could be worse for the planet than conventional transport fuel.
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