FAQ

 

Important Disclaimer - This website is in the making and the European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the data.

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Q    Is the webportal functionality complete?

A    Several additional functionalities have been added in the past months such as Natural gas and Fuel Cell vehicles; data on e-buses and city templates etc. Other sections like "Knowledge Center" are updated on a regular basis.

 

Q    What about data for cities and/or regions?

A    As part of the EAFO project we have done a pilot together with cities and have designed an EAFO city webpage highlighting the sustainable urban mobility topics of interest related to alternative fuels. We now have the information on the EAFO webportal for 11 cities.

 

Q    What is the quality of the data?

A    Data reliability is very important for the EAFO website. Where possible we get the data directly from involved ministries or national statistics. If not (yet) possible we collect the data from different sources and make cross checks. PLEASE CHECK "DATA SOURCES and RELIABILITY" under the TAB "Vehicle Stats" for an up to date overview of our sources. This overview also clearly shows the countries where we still have gaps and are looking for reliable sources of data. 

 

Q    What are "charging positions"?

A     For charging infrastructure, many different definitions are used in different countries to describe the power level and the physical situation: rapid chargers, slow chargers, fast chargers to name a few terms for power levels (which are interpreted in different ways as well); station, plug, position, points, locations to name a few descriptions. EAFO follows the Directive definition of "normal "and "high power" charging and "positions", we are in the middle of a complex proces to align our data with these definitions and espcially for "high power" positions this is challenging with the multi-plug charging units. We welcome any help to clarify these issues!  We realize that currently there will be some double counting by adding e.g. ChaDeMo and CCS in the number of positions.

 

Q    Can there be differences with official data published by countries?

A     It is possible that there are small differences in some cases, not all countries report in the same way whereas for the EAFO statistics we have harmonized data. As an example, in some cases converted eletric vehicles are counted in country statistics whereas EAFO only reports on OEM models. In another case, registration reporting includes also cars which have disappeared from statistics whereas EAFO separates reporting on new registrations from fleet totals, for the latter overview only vehicles still registered are taken into account. EAFO includes all models sold in all countries, some countries do not take all models into account.

 

Q    Are the Alternative Fuels LPG and Biofuels from the "Clean Power for Transport Package" in the scope of EAFO?

A    Biofuels are not in the scope of the EAFO project. Scope is at this stage limited to those Alternative Fuels for which no sufficient infrastructure is yet available for large scale deployment. Biofuels use existing infrastructure and/or are blended in existing fuels.

 

Q    What to do if I think that our organisation has more reliable or complementary data?

A    Please contact us! We are always open to review new data sources and reliable data concerning the alternative fuels in scope.

 

Q    Can our organisation become a partner of EAFO?

A    Stakeholders, from administrations at all levels, industry and NGO’s can in principle become partners if they add significantly to the content and quality of the website. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this.

 

Q    Is the EAFO Portal interactive?

A    Use the filters in the graphs to get more detailed information, in many cases this provides access to historic data or more details on technology level.  Please share your opinion concerning functionality and interactivity with us. 

 

Q    Can I download data?

A    At this moment that is unfortunately not possible. Making screenprints can be a good alternative in some cases.

 

Q    Why are incentives not listed in more detail?

A    The information we get concerning incentives comes from 33 different countries mainly through our contacts at administrations. With original texts in almost as many languages this would not be helpful to provide for most users. For this reason we have chosen to give only the incentive type and a high level description. We have asked the countries to provide a link to an official website where people can find more information and we hope to provide this in the future. Any help from EAFO users on this is welcome! 

 

Q    Why is there no historic overview of incentives?

A     We do not have a reliable and complete overview of historic incentives. If we are able to collect this, we will publish this.