The ACEA – the automobile manufacturers’ trade association – wants one design of plug to become the standard plug for all electric vehicles, reports BBC News.
ACEA’s secretary general, Ivan Hodac, believes this will encourage consumers to buy electric cars and will give them confidence.
Agreeing on a certain design of plug which all manufacturers, companies and infrastructure providers to use will prevent confusion for consumers who currently are confronted by several different types of plug.
‘We call on the European Commission, the standardisation bodies and the infrastructure providers to adopt these recommendations and to clear remaining issues as soon as possible,’ said Hodac said.
Agreeing on a standard plug across Europe and using them by 2017 would be ‘a major step towards the broader introduction of electrically-chargeable vehicles in Europe’, according to Hodac.
‘Standardisation provides predictability to investors; it enables economy of scale and reduces costs.
‘We have also ensured a solution that meets the highest safety standards and is easy to use,’ he added.