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Favourable recharging opportunities for electric vehicle users in the EU

The European Council has adopted a new set of rules that will bring positive changes to the lives of electric vehicle owners and even reduce the carbon footprint of the EU. The proposal is to create a dense charging network system where electric cars can be driven throughout the EU. This proposal is part of the "Fit for 55" package, which aims to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to the 1990 baseline.

The new regulation on electric cars will require charging stations with specific characteristics to be installed on major transport routes from 2025 (‘trans-European transport (TEN-T) network’). Separate rules will apply to passenger cars and vans (fast recharging stations of at least 150kW need to be installed every 60 km) and heavy-duty vehicles used for freight transport (minimum output of 350kW station in every 60 km).

The proposal also puts a strong emphasis on the promotion of hydrogen transport as hydrogen refuel stations must be installed next to highways, and the installation of electric charging stations for electric vessels. The regulation focuses not only on the development of infrastructure, but also on its use, with a focus on creating a system where users can pay simply, quickly and easily for services at service stations without the need for different applications.

The law is scheduled to take effect throughout the European Union once it is published in the EU's official journal following the 2023 summer period. After it became operative, the new regulations are applicable six months thereafter.