EU: hydrogen stations every 100 km

The European Union (EU) envisions hydrogen stations every 100 km and recharge stations every 60 km by 2026.

The goals outlined by the European Commission are less ambitious than the strategy proposed by the European Parliament.

Tram charging and hydrogen vehicle refueling have been made simpler thanks to a proposal that EU transport authorities have been negotiating. The agreement reached by the European Parliament is more comprehensive and required than the goals established by the European Commission.

It is clearly known and obvious what the EU’s major goal is: to decarbonize transportation. The European Parliament predicts that in 2026, charging stations would be required every 60 km on major roadways around Europe. The agreement specifies that there will be pumps every 100 kilometers for the hydrogen supply network.

Refueling and charging networks would be highly beneficial given the market prospects, particularly for light and large commercial vehicles.

Tram operators will have advanced access to prices per kWh of energy or kg of hydrogen, which will be reasonable, comparable, and, of course, available for all models on the market. By 2027, a network would be in place, making it simple to get data about waiting lists, costs, and availability.

Goals are also set for the decarbonization of sea transportation in addition to land transportation. The goal is to cut emissions by 2% in 2025, 20% in 2035, and 80% in 2050, albeit this will be a gradual process. By 2030, ships will also need to be connected to electrical outlets at the port to prevent pollution from their engines.

To begin discussions with the Member States, we must now wait for the vote to occur in the European Parliament.