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Europe Bets Big On Electric Cars, Plans 500K Charging Stations By 2020

The market for electric cars is a dynamic beast, different companies offering different options and usage varying all around the world.

As with the U.S, European drivers now have access to a small selection of genuinely usable electric vehicles, from the Nissan Leaf, through the Chevrolet Volt and its GM cousin, the Opel Ampera, to tiny electric quadricycles like the Renault Twizy.

European policymakers are also taking notice of electric vehicles. So much so, that the European Union is drawing up plans to have half a million charging stations around the Union by 2020, reports the International Herald Tribune.

It’s an ambitious plan, and one that could make recharging stations more numerous than gas stations.

“We can finally stop the chicken and the egg discussion on whether infrastructure needs to be there before the large scale roll out of electric vehicles.” said Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action. “With our proposed binding targets for charging points
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