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Electric cars and charging stations: Rules and what will change from 2025

It is no longer a surprise that Europe is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, the goal is to emit no greenhouse gases at all within the EU. To achieve this, several rules have been established. One of these rules relates to charging stations for electric cars. Starting in 2025, it will become mandatory for many companies to provide charging stations in their parking lots. Curious about the current rules and what will change from 2025? Read on!

Current rules for charging stations

These rules mainly apply to non-residential buildings, such as schools, stores, factories and hospitals. Since March 10, 2020, properties with 10 parking spaces or more must have at least one charging station. In addition, there must be charging infrastructure for one out of every five parking spaces. Note that these rules only apply to new commercial properties and existing properties undergoing major renovations. If the cost of installing charging stations exceeds 7% of the total renovation cost, the rule does not apply.

What will change starting in 2025?

Starting in 2025, the number of parking spaces on the same property as the building will be considered. Are there more than 20 parking spaces? Then at least one charging station must be installed. The difference from the previous rule is that this requirement applies to all commercial buildings, including those without renovation plans.

Requirements for charging stations

If a charging station is accessible to visitors, it must meet certain requirements. For example, a type 2 connection must be present to secure metering equipment and protect users’ privacy.

Rules along European roads

Not only companies within Europe face regulations. Obligations are also being introduced along European roads to promote electric driving. Starting in 2025, fast charging stations will be installed every 60 kilometers. In addition, charging stations for electric buses and trucks must be installed every 120 kilometers. This will make electric driving more attractive for various sectors. In 2030, there will also be rules for hydrogen filling stations; they must then be available every 200 kilometers. The European Council laid this down in special legislation.

Challenges for the power grid

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more normal. In the Netherlands, we already see that the demand for power for electric driving is growing, leading to problems in some places. Due to the energy transition and the increase in electric vehicles, the demand for electricity is higher than the power grid can handle. This can lead to overloading and grid congestion. Grid operators in the Netherlands are looking for solutions to this problem, something we often write about in our blogs.