Luxembourg installs more charging stations for its 90 electric cars
(MSS) Another three electric car charging stations were installed in Luxembourg city on Tuesday morning, pursuing future plans to reduce carbon emissions with a goal of having 10 percent of cars in Luxembourg be electric by 2020.
By 2012, 90 electric cars were registered in Luxembourg – that's not a lot, but the number is slowly growing and electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, with Luxembourg City using hybrid public buses, for example.
What's growing faster than the number of electric cars perhaps, is the number of charging stations, where carbon neutral car owners can recharge their vehicles, as another three were installed at the Rond-Point Schuman, Rocade de Bonnevoie and at Park and Ride Bouillon on Tuesday.
That makes a total of 41 charging stations in Luxembourg so far, meaning electric car owners probably won't have to worry about long queues pulling over to recharge, as there are just over two electric cars per charging station in the Grand Duchy.
Big plans for the future
So far Luxembourg has been innovative on other fronts by for example making public transport both eco and wallet friendly and sometimes even free. On Shopping Sundays, shuttles run for free and travelling with train or bus to and from the Rockhal for a concert is also free.
And the government has a clear future vision: by 2020 they want 10 percent, or just around 40,000 of all cars registered in the country to be electric and to have a total of 850 charging stations set up around the country – only setting up and running these terminals to correspond to a secondary need for users who already have private charging facilities for their vehicles is estimated at 10 million euros.
With only 90 electric cars registered in the Grand Duchy last year, this means that the number has to grow by about 39,910 electric cars to reach the 2020 goal.
To speed up the process, Luxembourg promises to subsidise residents who buy an electric car with 5,000 euros in exchange for a 100 percent subscription to green energy and for the owner to possess the car for at least seven months.
Reaching Europe's common goal
Cars are responsible for around 12 percent of total EU emissions of CO2, which has led the European Union to set two targets to reduce this number.
The goal for EU members states by 2015 is to reduce CO2 emissions by 18 percent, which is approximately the equivalent of 5.6 litres per 100 km of petrol or 4.9 litres of diesel.
France and Belgium already reached the 2015 target in 2011, whereas Luxembourg at that time still exceeded the recommended limit with an excess of 1,73 litres per 100 km.
Good news for Luxembourg are that the European Agency for Environment estimated that Luxembourg will be able to reach the goal if we keep the pace of the 2010-2011 evolution, where numbers were dropping steadily.
However they also found that the Grand Duchy won't be able to reach the EU 2020 recommendation (107 gCO2/km) at this pace.
Do you think Luxembourg will reach the goal by 2020? What could we do to help achieve it?