The climate package called “Fit for 55” contains, among other things, a regulation that will ensure the roll-out of infrastructure for charging electric vehicles and non-fossil fuels throughout the EU.
Unni Berge, head of communication and public relations at the Electric Car Association, calls the proposal a paradigm shift.
– It is the first time that such a large global player lays a concrete foundation for the complete electrification of the car fleet, she says.
Maximum 6 miles between each charging station
If the EU Commission gets its way, there will be a maximum of 60 km between each charging station for electric vehicles in the EU’s expanded main road network by 2030.
In Norway, this will mainly apply to the E16 between Bergen and Oslo, the E18 and E39 Oslo-Stavanger-Trondheim, as well as the E6 from Oslo and north to Russia.
From 2030, each of these charging stations will offer at least 300 kW of charging capacity for light vehicles, of which at least one charger with a capacity of 150 kW – ie a lightning charger.
Five years later, in 2035, the charging stations will have doubled their capacity to 600 kW and include two lightning chargers.
For the EU’s main network of roads, which in Norway only includes southeasterly E18 and E6 from Oslo towards Sweden and E10 from Narvik to Sweden, the requirements will apply as early as 2025 and 2030.
– The proposed requirements will have a lot to say for the competitiveness of electric cars in Europe. It has been slow inland, but we now see that the car industry is switching to all-electric, says Berge.
– Emission requirements for cars are tightened year by year, and the price of electric cars will probably fall in the years to come. Then it is important that we make this charging policy. If a lot of Europeans suddenly buy an electric car, you have to avoid charging chaos.
As Norway is miles ahead of most other European countries on the electric car front, she does not think the requirements will have any major direct impact on this country.
Here, it is rather a matter of “mashing up” with chargers and other measures to a far greater extent than the EU, in order to keep up with the growing Norwegian electric car fleet, according to Berge.
– In Norway, we have come so far that we virtually satisfy the requirement for one fast-charging station for every six miles on these roads. The exception is probably northern Norway, she says.
The requirement for 300 kW charging capacity per station has not been met today, but Berge reckons that we will reach our goal well before 2030 and 2035.
Easier to go on holiday in an electric car
– For Norwegian electric drivers, this means, among other things, that you can be assured that there is charging infrastructure in Europe when you hopefully go on holiday there in the future, says Berge.
Berge is particularly enthusiastic about the requirements of the regulation for user-friendliness. If you want to charge the electric car, you must, for example, be able to get an offer to be able to pay with a card from 2027, if the proposal goes through.
– You should be able to pay for charging in a simple way, without having to use a lot of apps and provide personal information. Then you must have good price information and not pay a disproportionate amount when charging at dealers in other European countries, she says.
The Fit for 55 climate package will now go through a round of negotiations and is expected to be voted on in the EU in 2022.