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Electrical contractors will drive the electric vehicle revolution

18 July 2018, Brussels – AIE is thrilled to announce that it is now a member of the Platform for Electromobility, a multi-stakeholder platform which works towards the electrification of transport in Europe.

AIE is the first member of its kind to join this platform, with first-hand technical expertise and sectoral representation over many EU countries, AIE will bring the knowledge needed to design, install and maintain EV infrastructure efficiently to build a sustainable future for electric transport.

“Electrical contractors have a key role to play in the deployment of EV infrastructure in Europe. As a member of the Platform for Electromobility, AIE can now bring the expertise of electrical contractors to the discussion table to make the EV revolution a reality across the EU”, said Giorgia Concas, Secretary General of AIE.

This is part of a greater initiative of AIE to become more involved in driving forward the EV sector in Europe.

Following the new Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) entering into force this month, which obliges Member States to equip new and renovated buildings with EV conduits and charging points, AIE has also released a position paper which puts forward recommendation on how to best implement this roll-out of EV infrastructure.

“AIE is thrilled that the EU has included EV infrastructure obligations in the EPBD – this will be an important first step to build EV infrastructure across Europe, which is not only good for the health and the environment of all Europeans, but will hugely benefit the EU economy as it will create thousands of skilled, local jobs for electrical contractors. AIE already represents over 1.2 million local European jobs, and this number will only increase with the electrification of transport”, commented Alexis Delepoulle, Chairman of AIE’s Energy Task Force.

The position paper outlines key technical and design elements that need to be taken into consideration in order to ensure that the EV infrastructure of today fits the needs of tomorrow.

“As national authorities now look to implement the EPBD and roll-out more EV infrastructure, this must be done in a way that is standardised across Member States and across the value chain. This is important to maintain a long-term vision of how EV infrastructure should be implemented so that Europe can realise a fully electrified transport sector in the future”, explained Terje Hanssen, Chairman of AIE’s Technical Taskforce.

Read the full position paper here.

Learn more about the Platform for Electromobility here.

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