The instructions have been adopted today to guarantee the build-up of CNG, LNG and hydrogen refueling points across Europe with common standards for their design and use, including a common plug for recharging electric vehicles. Member States must set and make public their targets and present their national policy frameworks by end-2016.
Apart from electricity, the directive sets a regulatory framework for the following fuels:
Liquefied Natural Gas: for the development of LNG for road transport, Member States have to ensure a sufficient number of publicly accessible refueling points on the TEN-T core network, ideally every 400 km, to be built by end-2025. The directive also requires a minimum coverage to ensure accessibility of LNG in main maritime and inland ports.
Compressed Natural Gas: the directive requires Member States to ensure a sufficient number of publicly accessible refueling points to allow the circulation of CNG vehicles, both in urban and sub-urban areas as well as on the TEN-T core network, ideally every 150 km, to be built by end-2025.
Hydrogen: The directive aims at ensuring a sufficient number of publicly accessible refueling points, with common standards, in the Member States who opt for hydrogen infrastructure, to be built by end-2025.
In addition, the directive requires that clear information is given to consumers about the fuels that can be used by a vehicle, using standardized labeling in vehicle manuals, at dealerships and on the recharging and refueling points. It also aims at providing clear information to users to compare alternative fuel prices with conventional fuel prices. Moreover, Member States must ensure that information about the geographical location of publicly accessible recharging and refueling points is made available in an open and non-discriminatory manner.
Source: European Commission.