(MENAFN) In a move aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the transport sector, European Union (EU) negotiators have agreed to expand the deployment of electric and hydrogen recharging stations for cars, trucks, and even stationary planes. The agreement between Parliament and Council negotiators updates EU rules on infrastructure for alternative fuels and brings Europe closer to its climate-neutral ambitions by 2050.
The updated rules require EU countries to have a sufficient infrastructure network for recharging or refueling road vehicles or ships with alternative fuels. Member countries will provide full compatibility throughout the bloc to enable an easy-to-use infrastructure. Alternative solutions will also be provided for vessels at berth and stationary aircraft to prevent keeping their engines running.
EU countries will be required to present their plans for deploying alternative fuel infrastructure in order to meet the EU's minimum mandatory national targets. This includes the deployment of electric charging pools for cars with at least a 400 kilowatt (kW) output at least every 60 kilometers by 2026, with the network’s power output set to be increased to 600 kW by 2028.
For trucks and buses, the minimum deployment distance of charging stations will be 120 kilometers, with these stations set to be installed on half of the main EU roads by 2028. The power output of these stations will vary depending on the road, ranging from 1,400 kW to 2,800 kW. The agreement also includes provisions for hydrogen refueling stations to be installed every 200 kilometers by 2031.
The move is part of the EU's efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector and promote the use of alternative fuels. The agreement is expected to facilitate the deployment of electric and hydrogen recharging stations throughout the EU, making it easier for drivers to find recharging stations for their vehicles. Additionally, the agreement is expected to drive innovation in the alternative fuel sector and encourage the development of more sustainable transportation options in Europe.
The deal will come into effect after the EU Parliament and member countries ratify the agreement, paving the way for a more sustainable future for the transport sector in Europe.
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