20 October 2022 – Yesterday, the European Parliament adopted its position on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR). The regulation will enable a faster roll-out of recharging stations, improve infrastructure interoperability, and provide increased price transparency and better payment options.
The availability of a dense, accessible, and high-quality charging network will increase the attractiveness of more affordable electric cars, which normally have shorter driving range. The knowledge of having an electric vehicle charger every 60 kilometres along main EU roads will alleviate range anxiety for consumers.
“The FIA European Bureau strongly welcomes price transparency and ad-hoc payment options for the benefit of consumers. We urge co-legislators to adopt an ambitious and timely AFIR for the green transition and for consumers’ uptake of electric vehicles.” said Laurianne Krid, Director General at FIA Region I.
With price being communicated in a clearly structured manner, for example cost per kWh, consumers can identify and anticipate the total cost of the recharging or refuelling operation; by keeping payment options simple through electronic card payments and e-roaming, payment processes will be easier for consumers.
To learn more about the FIA European Bureau’s position on electric mobility, read our position paper below.