Platform for Electromobility published position paper on charging infrastructure

News published : 01.02.2017
Updated by : AVERE

Electro-mobility offers an unequalled solution to make Europe’s transport more efficient, less dependent on imported energy, low carbon, clean and quiet. Specifically, the electrification of surface transport will enable Member States to meet their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030 and to address the public health crisis arising from urban air pollution.
The construction of a private recharging infrastructure as well as an EU-wide interoperable public infrastructure, however, remains an important pre-condition for the wide-scale deployment of electro-mobility.

On a positive note, 2016 and 2017 are set to be decisive years for accelerating the roll-out of electric recharging infrastructure in light of the recent submission of EU Member States’ National Policy Frameworks (NPF) for the implementation of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (AFI) Directive 2014/94/EU. The AFI Directive aims to address consumer anxieties by (i) facilitating the deployment of private recharging points, (ii) mandating the build-up of sufficient numbers of publicly accessible charging stations and (iii) setting EU-wide harmonised standards for charging connectors as well as for user information requirements.

The harmonisation of technologies and common standards are key for the mass rollout of current and future electric vehicles (EVs) across Europe, which makes the AFI Directive of crucial importance. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that the EV market is a fast moving environment where technological and business innovations are crucial and should be promoted.

A common understanding, increased Member States’ coordination as well as timely and appropriate implementation of the AFI Directive Europe-wide will therefore be crucial to ensuring the creation of an EU Single Market for electro-mobility.

On this note, the Platform for Electro-Mobility today launches its new paper ‘Accelerating Electric Recharging Infrastructure Deployment in Europe’ outlining its recommendations for the implementation of the AFI Directive in a number of key areas, namely (i) the deployment of normal- and high-power recharging infrastructure; (ii) intermodal electro-mobility synergies; (iii) shore side electricity; (iv) smart charging; (v) payment solutions; and (vi) appropriate parking schemes. These can be summarised into the following key recommendations:

1) A quick and appropriate rollout of normal- and high-power charging infrastructure, which addresses interoperability barriers while securing a competitive market conducive to innovation and technological advancement.
2) Facilitating the deployment of normal power charging points through simplified regulations and approval procedures.
3) Increasing Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds for the construction of multi-standard, downward compatible 150 kW high power charging infrastructure linking urban nodes and Member States.
4) Accelerating the standardisation of the charging interface for electric buses as well as increasing EU funds for the construction of their recharging infrastructure.
5) Prioritising investments into recharging stations that foster multi-modal mobility and make use of existing electric infrastructure from public transport.
6) Putting in place appropriate parking schemes to ensure recharging points are optimally used and misuse prevented.
7) Stimulating smart charging to make EVs an asset to the electricity value chain through inclusion of appropriate measures in the context of the Energy Market Reform in 2016.
8) Ensuring customer-friendly finding, access and payment solutions for EV charging services on publicly accessible charging points across Europe.
9) Providing transparent information with regards to pricing, level of service, origin of electricity and the ability of consumers to easily choose/change between different charging services or providers.

The full paper can be accessed on the Platform’s website here: www.platformelectromobility.eu