The EU Council has adopted new rules aimed at making it easier for electric car owners to travel around Europe while helping to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. This is reported by The Verge.
Starting in 2025, the new regulation requires the installation of fast charging stations with a capacity of at least 150 kW every 60 km along all roads of the Trans-European Transport Network TEN-T. By December 31, 2025, such charging stations must have a total capacity of at least 400 kW, including the presence of at least one charging point capable of an individual capacity of at least 150 kW. By December 31, 2027, the standard requires at least 600 kW of total power and also the presence of a separate charging point of at least 150 kW.
In addition, the new regulation requires that payments at such charging stations can be made using conventional cards or contactless devices and do not require additional applications or subscriptions. Operators are required to clearly display prices by “electronic means”, including waiting times and availability.
The new law is aimed primarily at owners of electric cars and minibuses, but also contains declared goals for the deployment of charging stations for electric vehicles with a large cargo capacity. In addition, certain clauses of the regulation concern seaports and airports, as well as hydrogen refueling for both cars and trucks.