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Countries bordering the North Sea are looking to coordinate electric-vehicle infrastructure plans

Hamburg's University of Applied Sciences (HAW) is coordinating a European Union project aimed at developing an electric-vehicle infrastructure that extends beyond major metropolitan areas.

The project, called the North Sea Region Electric Mobility Network, will look at climate change, mobility and sustainability as it tries to close what it sees as a coordination gap among countries in northeastern Europe.

HAW said in a press release that, though many cities and regions are developing incentive programs for electric-vehicle use, these projects are not coordinated or connected to each other. That means a lot of the potential of electric vehicles may not be realized.

The EU project aims to develop a transnational support infrastructure that will improve access to electric mobility in the regions.

"Metropolitan areas are already creating infrastructures for inner-city mobility," said Walter Leal, an HAW professor in charge of the project. He said regional initiatives are afoot to make battery changing facilities available.

"But these developments are taking place independent of each other," he said, adding that an integrated approach could not only expand the range of electric vehicles substantially, but would also boost the chances of electric vehicles in the region.

The E-Mobility NSR project includes universities, communal authorities and other institutions in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.