The EU Committee on Transport and Tourism released a press release in which it backs the European Parliament draft on alternative fuel station network expansion and EV charging standards.

First of all, the EU wants to ensure that member states will build out the infrastructure by tax and public procurement incentives.

"EU member states would have to ensure that specified numbers of electric vehicle recharging points and hydrogen and natural gas stations are built by 2020, under a draft directive endorsed by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday."

Charging points:

"- a minimum number of recharging points for electric vehicles provided in the draft directive (see table below) would have to be put into place by member states, especially in towns,"

Member state Number of publicly-accessible recharging points by 2020 (in thousands)
BE 12
BG 4
CZ 7
DK 3
DE 86
EE 1
IE 1
EL 7
ES 47
FR 55
IT 72
CY 1
LV 1
LT 2
LU 1
HU 4
MT 1
NL 18
AT 7
PL 26
PT 7
RO 6
SI 1
SK 2
FI 4
SE 8
UK 70
HR 2


Hydrogen refuelling points:

"- in countries where hydrogen refuelling points already exist, a sufficient number of refuelling points should be made available, at intervals not exceeding 300 km. MEPs added a requirement for building up numbers of hydrogen refuelling points in member states where they do not yet exist, with a deadline of 31 December 2030."

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) refuelling points:

"- for heavy duty vehicles, refuelling points for LNG along the roads on the TEN-T Core Network should be established at intervals not exceeding 400 km,"

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling points:

"- a sufficient number of CNG refuelling points should be available, at maximum intervals of 100 km."


But let's get back to charging standards. EU will go with 1- and 3-phase AC charging standard Type 2 (aka Mennekes) with power up to 43.5 kW. In some countries, it will additionally get shutters.

"For electric recharging, Transport Committee MEPs backed a European Commission proposal for “Type 2” connectors, but added that, where required by national law, these may be fitted with additional safety shutters."

When it comes to quick charging - nothing changed and we believe that the EU still wants to kill CHAdeMO one way or another and force a move to Combo 2 despite some suggestion that this is not the case.

"For fast recharging, "Combo 2" connectors should be used, although for a transition period ending on 1 January 2019, fast recharging points may additionally be equipped with “CHAdeMO” connectors. Recharging points installed within three years of the directive’s entry into force could nonetheless remain in service."

Until the end of 2018 we "may" install CHAdeMO as something additional and then... good question. The logic indicates that after 2018 we "may not" install it, but old units can still work.

The final agreement is scheduled for Spring 2014 and then we will know the truth.

Direct Current (DC) fast recharging points for electric vehicles may be alternatively equipped with connectors of Type

Direct Current (DC) fast recharging points for electric vehicles may be alternatively equipped with connectors of Type "CHAdeMO" for a transitional period ending on 31 December 2018.

Source: Draft

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