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Almost doubling the total capacity of charging points in less than 2 years. Construction of more than 200 charging zones for electric trucks via the TEN-T network by 2030. These are just some of the challenges that Poland will have to face in relation to AFIR regulation. The provisions of the EU regulation will begin to apply on April 13, 2024.

The rules are communicated by the Polish Alternative Fuels Association (PSPA). On 13 April 2024, the provisions of AFIR, i.e. Regulation (EU) 2023/1804 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the development of alternative fuels infrastructure, will begin to apply.

New law requires action

As we read, this regulation is potentially the most important factor driving the expansion of public charging infrastructure in European Union member states in the coming years. As a result, the new rules will have a decisive impact on the pace of development of the entire zero-emission transport sector. – AFIR imposes very ambitious, directly binding obligations in this area on all Member States. One of them is the need to adjust the total power of charging stations for each registered electric vehicle (1.3 kW in the case of BEVs and 0.8 kW in the case of PHEVs). In the case of Poland, this means the need to almost double infrastructure capacity in less than two years. Meeting the requirements of the regulation requires the activation and full involvement of all key stakeholders and careful planning of next steps. Without legislative changes and the necessary investments made in the coming months, we will not be able to meet the AFIR requirements set not only for 2025, but also for 2035, says Alexander Reich, board member of the Polish Alternative Fuels Association (PSPA). ).

What is AFIR?

AFIR ensures, among other things: the need to place charging zones (each with a total capacity of at least 400 kW, and by 2027 at least 600 kW) in each direction of travel every 60 km along the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network) core network or the requirement to equip charging stations devices with special payment options. In addition, the decree sets targets for charging infrastructure for heavy-duty electric vehicles. For example, by the end of 2027 – less than four years from now – charging zones with a capacity of at least 2,800 kW each must be created along half of the TEN-T core network for heavy-duty electric vehicles. Currently in Poland, public points for electric trucks operate in only one location. Meanwhile, by 2030, 206 charging zones for heavy electric vehicles will need to be created on Polish sections of the TEN-T network.

“Consequently, AFIR is not only a potential impetus for accelerating infrastructure development, but also a very serious challenge. Therefore, PSPA will organize a workshop on April 15 in Warsaw, the purpose of which will be to discuss in detail and plan further actions related to the requirements of the regulation, as well as to strengthen cooperation between the most important stakeholders. We will talk, among other things: about the tasks of individual entities in a regulatory context, about tools aimed at removing the most important obstacles to the expansion of charging stations, about the optimization of support programs, as well as about the necessary modernization and development of electrical networks. We will also introduce a new counter, available online and updated monthly, which will aim to provide information on the current level of AFIR compliance. says Maciej Mazur, Managing Director of PSPA.

Designed by: Marcin Klimkowski
Source: PSPA, IBRM Samar
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