New EU regulation: a charging station every 60 kilometers28. July 2023
New EU regulation: a charging station every 60 kilometers
Because of the emerging increase in electric cars on the streets of Europe, the EU now wants to push ahead with the expansion of the infrastructure. A recently drafted ordinance regulates the expansion of charging stations and hydrogen filling stations in the 25 member states. After approval by the Council of Europe, the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR for short) will become binding.
The AFIR not only prescribes the expansion of charging stations and hydrogen filling stations, but also makes precise regulations about their charging capacity and consumer protection
Here are some important points:
– By 2025, there should be a charging station for e-cars every 60 kilometers along the main traffic routes in the EU and a hydrogen filling station every 200 kilometers.
– Regarding charging capacity, member countries must install 1.3 KW per registered e-car and 0.8 KW per hybrid sold. The charging stations, which may be no more than 60 kilometers apart, must also offer a charging capacity of at least 150 KW from 2025.
– Stations with a higher charging capacity of more than 350 KW should initially be installed in a smaller core area of the road network in order to also be able to supply larger vehicles such as electric trucks.
– By 2025, these high-performance stations will be expanded in the somewhat expanded “TEN-T comprehensive network” so that there is a charging station every 100 kilometers.
– The entire network should be covered by 2030.
– The EU has also decided that charging stations and hydrogen filling stations must be more customer-friendly, prices must be transparent and common forms of digital direct payment must be accepted.