On 24 January, the European Commission launched the Clean Power for Transport strategy. FIM warmly welcomes the set of proposals which officially acknowledge the contribution of powered two-wheelers to greener mobility in Europe.
Following the Conference of Commissions held from 22 to 24 February and the meeting of its Public Affairs Commission (CAP), FIM has decided to fully support the Commission’s proposed Clean Power for Transport strategy.
Based on a European alternative energy strategy and a directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, this initiative is in line with the target for a 60% reduction of CO2 emissions in transport laid down in the 2011 White Paper. This initiative will help to make the market more receptive to clean vehicles.
Among other measures, the directive includes national mandatory targets for electric vehicle recharging points by 2020 as well as a common European plug (Type 2).
In order to encourage consumers to adopt alternative fuels, Member States will be asked to ensure that “clear and simple information” on the compatibility of all transport fuels is available at key locations such as pumps, vehicle manuals and on vehicles themselves.
In cooperation with its partners from the motorcycling world, the FIM will work closely with the EU institutions to ensure that powered two-wheelers’ specific features are taken into account when solutions for technical issues such as the standardisation of the recharging infrastructure are considered.
FIM would also like to draw regulatory stakeholders’ attention to the fact that in the proposed directive, the definition of electric vehicles refers to the directive 2007/46/EC and only covers cars and trucks (M & N categories). The FIM appeals to the Council and European Parliament to add a reference to the new L-category (regulation 168/2013) to make sure that powered two-wheelers are included as well.
“As the first International Sports Federation to impose an Environmental Code in 1995, the FIM is committed to caring for the environment. For 5 years already, we have been actively promoting the use of alternative fuels through our Alternative Energy Working Group (AEWG) and with innovative projects such as the FIM e-Power International Championship, a championship for electric powered motorcycles.
I am confident that the Clean Power for Transport initiative will create the necessary conditions for better and cleaner mobility in Europe and share Commission’s views that “powered two-wheelers, using alternative fuels, could also contribute to [EU air quality] objectives”. I therefore call on the other EU institutions also to ride green with us!” - FIM CEO Stéphane Desprez
Photo action FIM e-Power International Championship © FIM-Godd-Shoot 2012