On 17 November 2011 the European Union the United States and Japan agreed to promote a faster introduction of electric cars in their countries and to cooperate on regulatory obligations related to electric vehicles.

Antonio Tajani Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship stated that this agreement “will help to increase the market potential for this important breakthrough technology contributing for competitiveness and a more sustainable road transport”.

Currently automotive manufacturers’ global production of electric vehicles is still modest and this agreement represents an important decision in terms of economic recovery and general cost-sensitiveness of the industry.

Furthermore this international cooperation with USA and Japan will offer a great opportunity to develop common actions.

Read the full press release.

For further information visit the European Commission Enterprise & Industry website.

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Original Publication Date: Thu 17 Nov 2011