Rules for more alternative fuel stations gain EU approval

Final approval has been given by the EU Parliament for new regulations spurring the creation of more electric vehicle charging points and alternative fuel stations.  Under the new rules, EU member states will be obliged to submit minimum proposed levels of refuelling and recharging stations. The standards will include the use of common plugs for electric vehicles and standardised refuelling equipment for hydrogen and natural gas. 

Under these new proposals, approximately 800,000 publicly accessible electric vehicle recharging points will need to be established before 2020 – including over 120,000 within the UK. Research released by the European Commission shows there were only 11,749 points across the EU in 2011, 703 of which were in the UK. 

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