Eurelectric position paper : Revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR)

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KEY MESSAGES

  • Eurelectric supports setting a regulation on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure as it would ensure the harmonised and coherent roll-out of charging infrastructure across Europe and the decarbonisation of transport.
  • We propose a reorganisation of the Alternative Fuels definition in a way that would bring it in line with the European Green deal purposes. Hence, it proposes to list CNG, LNG, LPG, synthetic and paraffinic fuels produced from non-carbon-free energy outside of the Alternative Fuels family, and in the newly created family of Transitional Fuels.
  • Our industry believes that definition of publicly accessible alternative fuels infrastructure appears to be too broad and offers no clarity on which type of establishments could be included in it. Hence, adding more details on accessibility is needed.
  • We support minimum and reasonable mandatory targets for electric recharging infrastructure, as they represent a positive signal of the ambitions with regards to electromobility and provide long-term signals for investments.
  • With regards to the distance-based targets, Eurelectric proposes to add to the currently proposed 60km target considerations related to demographic conditions (population density, number of inhabitants, traffic intensity and its projected growth or decline) to make them more adequate to the different situations of different Member States. Moreover, Eurelectric suggest bringing forward by 5 years the implementation deadlines for the TEN-T comprehensive network (2030 and 2035) to allow for long distance trips to less dense areas.
  • With regards to the fleet-based targets, Eurelectric believes that a value between 1.5 and 2 kW per BEV and 0.66 kW per PHEV would be a better solution to kickstart the national investments on the charging network and bring it where it needs to be in the 2020s to facilitate mass adoption of EVs.

 


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