- Council of the EU adopts new rules to ease travel for EV owners and promote sustainable transportation.
- Fast charging stations to be installed every 60km (37mi) along the EU’s main highways from 2025.
- Stations to offer at least 150kW of power, reducing range anxiety for electric car users.
- Mandated deployment of high-capacity chargers along major road networks.
- Ad-hoc payment options without subscriptions to be available at all charging stations.
- Part of the “Fit for 55” package to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
The European Union has taken a significant step towards promoting electric vehicle (EV) adoption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by adopting new regulations for EV charging infrastructure. From 2025, fast charging stations offering at least 150kW of power will be installed every 60km (37mi) along Europe’s main highways, making it more convenient for EV owners to travel across the continent.
Moreover, the regulation mandates that charging stations along the most critical road networks should have at least 400kW of total output by the end of 2025, ensuring faster and more efficient charging options. By the end of 2027, these stations will be required to provide at least 600kW of total output, further enhancing charging capabilities.
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To enhance user experience and accessibility, ad-hoc payment options via cards or contactless devices will be available at all charging stations, eliminating the need for subscriptions or specific apps. Operators are also required to display clear pricing information, wait times, and availability through electronic means.
Fit for 55
The new regulation is part of the “Fit for 55” package, aimed at achieving a 55 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. As transportation contributes significantly to emissions, these measures will play a crucial role in the EU’s sustainability goals.
Once the regulation undergoes the necessary formalities, it will become law across the EU, promising a future with widespread electric vehicle charging accessibility, akin to traditional petrol stations.