Last year, AVERE won the European Commission tender to develop and manage the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO). AVERE, the European Association for Electromobility is coordinator and lead partner of this project. The other consortium partners are Polis, a network of European cities and regions cooperating for innovative transport solutions, VUB and TNO as research and analysis partners and Tobania as IT provider.
With the EAFO, the European Commission seeks to establish one central point of reference for data, information and news about alternative fuels in Europe, The short-term focus is on battery electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles while natural gas and other alternative fuels will also be covered in a second stage.
The Observatory will help support the market development of alternative fuels in the EU and be a key tool for the implementation of Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of recharging and refueling stations.
The Observatory will integrate all relevant statistical data concerning vehicles and infrastructure, relevant legislation, support and incentives programmes, periodical analyses and general information like news and publications. It will also feature a comprehensive event calendar. The EAFO will also deal with L-category vehicles (LEVs), such as electric bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, quadricycles and other LEVs.
The web portal will go online no later than February 2016 and will be updated on a montly basis. Interested parties can already register at www.eafo.eu to receive a notification when the portal goes online and to receive newsletters