The European Union has taken a significant step towards promoting electric mobility by introducing a new law that ensures seamless travel for electric vehicle (EV) owners across member states.
This legislation is aimed at facilitating the growth of EV charging infrastructure and alternative fuel refueling stations along major highways throughout the EU.
The agreement among EU countries marks a milestone in advancing sustainable transportation options. Under the new law, specific targets have been established to be achieved by 2025 and 2030. These targets focus on expanding the availability of EV charging stations and refueling points for alternative fuels, such as hydrogen, along the trans-European transport (TEN-T) network – the EU’s primary transport corridor.
Key provisions of the law include the implementation of fast-recharging stations with a capacity of at least 150kW for cars and vans at intervals of approximately 60 km along the main transport corridors.
This strategic deployment of charging infrastructure is set to commence from 2025 onwards, contributing to greater convenience and accessibility for EV owners.
While fast-charging provisions are being prioritized for passenger vehicles, the law also recognizes the importance of accommodating heavy-duty vehicles in the transition to electric mobility. A comprehensive network of rechargers with a minimum output of 350kW for heavy-duty vehicles is projected to be established by 2030.
Furthermore, the legislation underscores the commitment to fostering clean maritime transport. By 2030, highways will incorporate hydrogen refueling stations for both cars and trucks.
Additionally, maritime ports are directed to provide shore-side electricity to enable the charging of electric vessels.
One of the notable features of the law is the emphasis on ensuring a user-friendly experience for EV drivers.
The law seeks to simplify the payment process for recharging by enabling drivers to use standard card payments or contactless devices. This eliminates the need for subscriptions or dedicated apps, making the charging experience akin to refueling at traditional petrol stations.
Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, Spain’s Minister of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda, emphasized the significance of the new law, describing it as a cornerstone of the “Fit for 55” policy. This policy, part of the broader European Green Deal, aims to align the EU with climate neutrality goals.
Jiménez expressed optimism that the law’s provisions will make EV charging as straightforward as refueling with conventional fuels, contributing to the widespread adoption of electric mobility.
The new law will come into effect across the European Union once it is published in the EU’s official journal after the summer. Its implementation will commence 20 days after publication, with the new rules being applicable six months later.
This legislative initiative reflects the EU’s commitment to fostering sustainable transportation options, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and supporting the transition to a cleaner energy future.