European Union Mandates EV Chargers Every 60 Kilometers

The rules also make payment easier.

July 26, 2023

“Beginning in 2025, fast charging stations will need to be present every 60 km along the ‘trans-European transport (TEN-T) network,’” reports Electrek.

It’s another stage of the “Fit for 55” package, an EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.

“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. 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,” said Raquel Sánchez Jiménez, Spanish minister of transport, mobility and urban agenda.

Among the requirements:

  • From 2025 onwards, fast recharging stations of at least 150kW for cars and vans need to be installed every 60 km along the EU’s main transport corridors, the trans-European transport (TEN-T) network.
  • Recharging stations for heavy-duty vehicles with a minimum output of 350kW need to be deployed every 60 km along the TEN-T core network, and every 100 km on the larger TEN-T comprehensive network from 2025 onwards, with complete network coverage by 2030.
  • Hydrogen refueling stations serving both cars and lorries must be deployed from 2030 onwards in all urban nodes and every 200 km along the TEN-T core network.
  • Users of electric or hydrogen-fueled vehicles must be able to pay easily at recharging or refueling points with payment cards or contactless devices and without a need for a subscription and with full price transparency.
  • Operators of recharging or refueling points must provide consumers full information through electronic means on the availability, waiting time or price at different stations.

“Now that the regulation has been formally adopted by the Council, it has to progress through a few formalities before entering into force as law across the EU,” according to The Verge.