The European Union has reached a new agreement provisional. With it, they plan to spread hydrogen refueling and charging stations across much of the continent. The points for electric cars must be distributed every 60 km, covering the main routes of the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network). Likewise, they will have to offer a minimum power of 400 kW, with 2026 being the deadline year for project execution. Meanwhile, the plan also considers powers of up to 600 kW, but it is reserved for 2028.
On the other hand, as established by the MEPs and the Presidency of the European Council, trucks and buses will have charging points every 120 km, made up of two truck stations located in secure and guarded sites. Their power range has been established between 1,400 and 2,800 kW, and they must be distributed in half of the main European routes, with 2028 as the deadline.
The European Union also wants to simplify payment methods. Owners of electric and alternative fuel cars should have easy and convenient access to pay for these charging points. This means offering compatibility with credit and debit cards, as well as with technology contactless and QR codes.
these seasons they will have the obligation to clearly show the price of fuel. That is, establish the cost per kWh, per minute or per kg. The European Union establishes that they must be “reasonable, easily and clearly comparable, transparent and non-discriminatory” for the owners of electric vehicles.
As regards fuel cell vehicle hydroliners, the European Union has established that by 2031 there should be a station every 200 km in the TEN-E. In this way, cars with alternative combustion methods will have a covered future on most of the main roads of the continent.
The European Union is committed to electric vehicles for the future of the continent
This plan comes as an attempt to decarbonise the transport sector, facilitating the use of electric vehicles. After all, as Ismail Ertug, a member of the European Parliament, already commented, this “continues to be responsible for a huge part of the emissions.” With this new infrastructure capable of supporting cleaner charging technologies, we could see “the transition towards a climate-neutral Europe,” says Ertug.
The new rules will help roll out the infrastructure for alternative fuels without further delay and ensure that driving and recharging a next-generation car is as easy and comfortable as one that relies on gasoline.
Ismail Ertug, Member of the European Parliament
Of course, the proposal still has to be approved by the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council and the Commission of Transport and Tourism of the Parliament. Subsequently, it will have to go through Parliament and the Council together. Only after this we will be able to see the response of the European Union towards this provisional agreement.
This same year, Europe approved a ban on the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2035. The purpose is cut carbon dioxide emissions in half by 2030 as target Of course, before entering into force, the member states of the European Union must confirm their adherence to the agreement.