The availability of charging infrastructure, wherever vehicles are usually parked, plays a pivotal role for the market uptake of electric vehicles, and new technological developments need to be integrated quickly in existing and new buildings and parking lots. Since the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) of the European Union (EU) is currently undergoing a revision this is thus a critical opportunity to boost the deployment of charging infrastructure for the mass adoption of electric vehicles in Europe within the next decade.
CharIN strongly welcomes the EU Commission's proposal from the EPBD to pre-equip new and renewed buildings for charging infrastructure and would encourage EU Member States and Parliament to endorse this proposal.
In the position paper published today CharIN outlines some further additions and refinements to the Directive to enhance effectiveness of the legislation and to maximize the potential of the technological developments while minimizing constraints and costs to the building sector:
- The requirement for equipping one parking space out of ten with charging infrastructure should be extended to existing non-residential buildings from 2025 onwards.
- The reference to charging stations being capable of starting and stopping charging in reaction to price signals should be removed, since this adds to the costs and in many cases it is not necessary or feasible (e.g., in context of “smart grid/smart building”, which foresees the whole building to react to signals from the grid as opposed to individual charging stations)
- CharIN proposes to also equip newly built parking lots with charging infrastructure.
- The focus should be on the pre-installation of conduits rather than pre-cabling per se to save costs and ensure maximum flexibility.
- CharIN strongly advocates the EU member states to adapt permitting and approval procedures for owners and tenants to remove existing barriers for deployment of charging infrastructure in existing buildings.
The CharIN position paper is available here.
Information about CharIN e.V.
The Charging Interface Initiative e.V. -abbreviated to CharIN e.V.- is a registered association with 78 members along the whole value chain from all over the world. It is open to all interested parties and has offices in Germany, Hong Kong and the US. Please find more information under: www.charinev.org
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