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EU Commission relies on electricity: “Electric cars competitive by 2025”

Two million charging stations in Europe by 2025 should advance the switch to electric cars. That is in the draft of a strategy for an integrated energy system, which the EU Commission wants to present on Wednesday. She expects electric cars to be competitively priced in 2025 compared to those with combustion engines. Their market share is expected to be seven percent in 2030 and then 50 to 75 percent in 2050.

The draft, which is available at dpa, speaks of an accelerated use of electricity from renewable sources instead of other forms of energy. A large part of the heating systems are to be converted to electricity using heat pumps. In 2030 it should be 40, in 2050 50 to 70 percent.

The share of electricity in final energy consumption is expected to increase from 23 percent today to up to 50 percent in 2050. As early as 2030, up to 85 percent of the electricity will come from renewable sources. The rapid growth is to be achieved primarily by wind turbines off the coast.

Overall, the Commission uses an “integrated” energy system in its strategy. Today, for example, traffic is mainly geared towards petroleum-based fuels, and electricity and heating come from coal and gas. Gas and electricity networks would be managed independently. “This model of separate silos is not suitable for a climate-neutral economy,” says the paper. Rather, the energy system as a whole must be planned and operated with all energy sources.

SPD MEP Ismael Ertug welcomed the Commission’s approach. This also focuses on more efficiency, more CO2nd-Low fuels such as green hydrogen and better networking of the energy system. “I see a great opportunity for Europe as an industrial location, especially when it comes to building a competitive and globally leading industry for batteries and hydrogen, which should include as many parts of the value chain as possible,” said Ertug of the EU’s collection of ideas.


(fpi)

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