The European Parliament has set new rules in view of charging and refueling stations on the European territory, as part of the well-known Fit for 55 package. MEPs successfully negotiated that electric charging pools for cars with a minimum 400 kW output will have to be deployed at least every 60 km along core TEN-T network routes by 2026, with the network’s power output increasing to 600 kW by 2028. For trucks and buses, charging stations have to be provided every 120 km. These stations should be installed on half of main EU roads by 2028 and with a 1400 kW to 2800 kW power output depending on the road.
The EU Parliament on charging and hydrogen refueling
In addition, EU countries have to ensure that hydrogen refuelling stations along core TEN-T network will be deployed at least every 200 km by 2031. Also, users of alternative fuel vehicles will have to be able to pay easily at recharging points (with payment cards or contactless devices and without a need to have a subscription), while the price of these “fuels” will have to be displayed per kWh, kg or per minute/session.
The new rules on alternative fuels infrastructure were adopted by 514 votes in favour, 52 votes against and 74 abstentions. Once Council has approved the law, the alternative fuels infrastructure rules will apply from six months after their entry into force.