A new, harmonised set of labels for electric vehicles and charging stations will start to be used throughout Europe from 20 March this year, in line with the requirements of the EU directive on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) said on Monday.

As well as appearing on charging stations, the labels will be placed on all newly-produced electric cars, vans, trucks, buses, coaches, mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles "in a clear and visible manner" [much the same as already seen on consumer durables, such as refrigerators, washing machines and televisions, sold in the EU and UK – ed].

ACEA said the aim was to help potential buyers identify the right recharging option for battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEV) by harmonising labelling across the entire EU.

In order to assist both consumers and the operators of charging points to understand these new labels, a coalition of European vehicle manufacturers, charging infrastructure operators and the electricity industry have published information brochures. These, in Q&A format, explain the purpose of these labels, their design and in which vehicles they will appear.

The brochures are now available online alongside information on the harmonised fuel labels for internal combustion engines which were introduced in 2018.