Europe moves closer to electric car infrastructure

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe's carmakers moved a step closer creating an infrastructure for electric cars after agreeing on plug and socket standards for slow or overnight charging of the battery-driven vehicles due to hit roads from next year.

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe's carmakers moved a step closer creating an infrastructure for electric cars after agreeing on plug and socket standards for slow or overnight charging of the battery-driven vehicles due to hit roads from next year.

The European auto industry association ACEA said on Thursday its recommendation will enable the EU to progress rapidly in defining common charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs) such as the Tesla roadster.

"We want to avoid a situation where customers have to carry a multitude of charging cables to use their vehicles in different cities, regions and countries, just as we see today with items like mobile phones," said ACEA Secretary-General Ivan Hodac in a statement.

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