First agreement for the construction of electric and hydrogen recharging points for cars and heavy vehicles on the main road networks of EU countries. Individual countries will have to present plans for achieving the objectives
The Council and the EU Parliament have reached an initial agreement for the construction of electric and hydrogen recharging stations for cars and heavy vehicles on the main road networks of the countries of the Union. Based on the agreement reached, charging stations for electric cars will have to be installed every 60 kilometers by 2026 on the main road axes indicated in the priority European transport networks (TEN-T). For heavy vehicles and buses, recharging stations must be installed every 120 kilometers by 2028. Hydrogen distribution systems must instead be installed every 200 kilometers by 2031.
Individual national plans for achieving the objectives
The agreement requires individual countries to present national plans for achieving the indicated objectives. but also the possibility of exceptions for the most disadvantaged territories, islands and roads with little traffic. “The new rules£ – commented the EP rapporteur, the German socialist Ismail Ertug – “will contribute to the creation of new infrastructures for alternative fuels without further delays and will ensure that the use and refueling of new generation cars is just as simple and convenient as for petrol vehicles”. The agreement, before becoming definitive, will now have to be examined and approved by the ambassadors of the 27 and by the Council, as well as by the transport commission and the plenary of the European Parliament.