EU reaches EV and hydrogen service station deal

In what could prove a significant step forward for electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, the European Union has reached a provisional deal on the deployment of more service stations for cars running on electricity and alternative fuels.

The EU and member states agreed a deal to put EV charging stations every 60 km on key roads by 2026, and hydrogen refuelling stations every 200 km by 2031.

“The agreement will send a clear signal to citizens and other stakeholders that user-friendly recharging infrastructure and refuelling stations for alternative fuels, such as hydrogen, will be installed throughout the EU,” Andreas Carlson, the Swedish minister for infrastructure and housing, said in a statement on behalf of the EU.

Sweden currently holds the bloc’s presidency.

Commenting on the “provisional political agreement” between the Council and the European Parliament, Carlson added: “Citizens will no longer have a reason to feel anxious about finding charging and refuelling stations to their electric or fuel-cell car.”

He added it was the bloc’s aim to make more recharging capacity available on the streets in urban areas as well along the motorways.

The move comes as EU energy ministers are set to give their final seal of approval this week to end sales of new CO2-emitting cars in 2035, after Germany won an exemption for cars running on e-fuels.