Europe wants a fast charging station every 60 km
After the crucial vote of MEPs on October 19, the European Parliament in Strasbourg is now ready to negotiate with the member states of the European Union on the crucial issue of the “development of an infrastructure for alternative fuels” (AFIR). In other words, on the financial and human resources that any government intends to devote to achieving this ambitious – but necessary – goal of making “at least one charging station” available to the public Fast charging of at least 150 kW every 60 kilometers along the main roads of the European Union”.
It’s urgent. Because the growth rate of the public charging network does not follow the sales of electric vehicles. And this while slightly declining with 11% of registrations in the first half of the year, compared to 13% in the second half of 2021. Also, the European Union is on the way to being overtaken by the United States of America. determined to catch up.
After a slow start, the US is accelerating the network of public charging stations – faster than Europe
When the deputies are still in the phase of determination Mandatory national minimum targets for the construction of charging infrastructure (and by the way for alternative fuels such as gas, alcohol and hydrogen) this has long been done on the other side of the atlantic. Each of the fifty states of the union had until September 27, 2022 to submit their investment program for public charging stations and have them approved by Washington. While in Europe, member state governments have until 2024 to “specify how they intend to achieve their national targets”.
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