EU decides to expand charging infrastructure by 2026
On July 12, 2023, the Parliament of the European Union passed a new law regulating the mandatory expansion of charging infrastructure for e-vehicles in Europe. The law passed in Strasbourg is also part of the EU's climate pact.
Charging infrastructure expansion for e-cars & heavy-duty traffic
The law stipulates that public charging stations for e-vehicles must be available along all major roads in the EU at least every 60 km by 2026.
In addition, the law includes Europe-wide requirements for the further development and expansion of infrastructure for electric heavy-duty traffic: By 2028, charging solutions for trucks are to be created every 120 km.
Requirements for payment for charging
In addition to the Europe-wide expansion of the charging infrastructure, the EU Parliament also adopted new requirements for the payment of charging processes at public charging stations:
- Charging operations at charging points above 50 kW must be billed by kWh if the charging operation is carried out via ad hoc payment method.
- The possibility of card payments must always be guaranteed as an option in the future.
A new chapter of e-mobility in Europe
The EU Parliament's legislative resolution creates Europe-wide specifications that standardize the project management of new charging infrastructure and the operation of charging solutions throughout Europe. This medium and long-term harmonization of legal requirements for the expansion, operation and density of charging infrastructure provides clarity and benefits both e-mobility companies & e-mobilists throughout Europe.
Further information on e-mobility & charging infrastructure development