The European Parliament recently approved its position on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR). Now that the European Commission, Council and Parliament have all adopted their official positions, final "trialogue" negotiations can begin.
AFIR will be sweeping and set the governance and regulatory framework for public electric vehicle (EV) charging in Europe for years to come, so what is included is very important.
Smart targets needed
One objective of AFIR is to address people's concerns of "Where will I charge?" by establishing required targets for charging infrastructure in each country.
The Commission and Council both proposed 1 kilowatt of installed capacity per battery-electric vehicle (BEV). This, however, would hardly require more capacity to be installed, as nearly all member states already exceed this amount (see chart, below).