EU approves law to boost EV changers across Europe

New legislation has been passed by EU lawmakers to boost the number of EV chargers across Europe, while making charging simpler for drivers

EV owners in Europe will soon be able to travel further with complete coverage, as a new law will enable drivers to easily pay to recharge their vehicles without the need for apps or subscriptions.

The new legislation will outline precise targets for the EU to establish fast-recharging stations with a minimum capacity of 150kW for cars and vans, strategically positioned every 60km along the trans-European transport (TEN-T) network, which is regarded as the EU's primary transportation corridor. This will be achieved by the end of 2025.

By 2030, heavy-duty vehicles will also benefit from the legislation, with a network of chargers with a minimum output of 350kW being installed along the network. These will be deployed every 100km on the larger TEN-T comprehensive network from 2025 onwards.

Making EV charging more accessible

The legislation will also aim for maritime ports to provide shore-side electricity for electrical vessels by 2030, as well as implementing hydrogen refuelling stations for cars and trucks. 

What’s more, the EU Council plan to make it easier for EV drivers to pay to recharge their vehicles, making card payments or contactless use easier without the need for drivers to use subscriptions or apps.

“The new law is a milestone of our ‘Fit for 55’ policy providing for more public recharging capacity on the streets in cities and along the motorways across Europe,” said Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, Spain’s minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.

The EU’s Fit for 55 package is a set of proposals to update legislation and to enforce new initiatives with the aim of ensuring that EU policies are into line with the climate goals agreed by the Council and the European Parliament.

Sánchez Jiménez concludes: “We are optimistic that in the near future, citizens will be able to charge their electric cars as easily as they do today in traditional petrol stations.”

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