Recharge Wrap-up: London Mayor to drive Formula E car at London ePrix, S. Korea expands charging infrastructure

European Nations Want Strong Emissions Targets For 2025

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Four European countries are calling for "challenging" emissions standards. Stopping short of suggesting specific levels, transport or environment ministers from Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden wrote to the European Commission urging tough CO2 emissions goals for 2025. Climate and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete says that standards will be "ambitious but achievable," and that road transport must play its part in reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030. Meanwhile, Association of European Carmakers (ACEA) Secretary General Erik Jonnaert says EU emissions goals must take into account automakers' ability to remain competitive on a global scale. Automakers are concerned that tighter restrictions will drive up production costs. Read more from Reuters.

South Korea is looking to greatly expand its electric vehicle charging infrastructure. To complement government incentives and convince more people to adopt EVs, creating more public charging is necessary, especially considering the number of people living in multi-unit dwellings. The Seoul government plans to install 100,000 sites around the city where drivers can plug in their portable charging equipment. Private entities plan to install charging stations, as well. POSCO ICT will install charging stations at hotels around the country, while telecom company KT Corporation is working to convert unused telephone boxes into charging stations. Read more from Green Car Reports.

London Mayor Boris Johnson will get behind the wheel of an electric Formula E racecar at the London ePrix. Before the double header taking place on June 27 and 28, Mayor Johnson will test drive a Spark-Renault SRT_01E at the Battersea Park race track. Johnson is a huge proponent of electric cars and a supporter of Formula E. The London ePrix marks the final rounds of the electric race series' inaugural season. The ePrix is the first major single-seater race in London since 1972. Read more at NBC Sports, or from Formula E.

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