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The European Union believes the lack of fuelling stations for electric cars and their high price tags are the causes of their disappointing sales.

This is why EU transport commissioner Siim Kallas said that member states must take the initiative to build the stations to help open the market, cut CO2 emissions and reduce dependency on oil.

“We need to set targets to build the necessary fuel stations and make them compatible everywhere,” Kallas was quoted as saying by EU Observer. According to previous EU accords, around 10 percent of the EU transport sector must run on renewable sources of energy by 2020.

The EU wants to reduce member state dependency on oil, which will peak sometime this decade according to an expert group on future transport fuels who advise the commission. The commision thus wants to impose rigid guidelines and a minimum number of charging points for electrical vehicles to spur market demand as part of its legislative proposal on alternative fuels.

Member states will have 2020 as a deadline to meet the new targets with just under 10 million electrical vehicles expected around the same time. The numbers of stations vary widely among member states, with Germany having to put in the most at 150,000. It currently has just under 2,000 charging points, not enough for the some 1 million electric vehicles expected to hit its highways in the next few years.

Countries like Hungary and Luxembourg currently have under 10 charging points.