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How to Improve Charging in Buildings

Originally published by Transport & Environment

The vast majority of the electric car charging is private charging at home or work (90% according to the European Commission) and is not covered by the recently proposed Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), which only covers public charging.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, 2018/844) complements AFIR by mandating the deployment of private charging points in buildings. But current plans for the revision fall significantly short of ensuring the right conditions for the mass adoption of EVs.

T&E recommends that the ongoing revision of the EPBD addresses 10 key things.

To ensure those conditions are met the ongoing revision of the EPBD should address the following
ten points:
1. EPBD must be aligned with the EU Green Deal commitments;
2. Integrating emobility with buildings rather than silo-thinking;
3. EPBD should establish an EU “right to plug” for EV drivers into the law;
4. Scope of the EPBD, especially as regards the EV charging provisions, should be extended to cover existing buildings;
5. All parking spaces in buildings should be cabled for multiple-user EV charging by 2035 with intermediate targets for 2025 and 2030;
6. Harmonised minimum requirements for charging points in existing buildings;
7. EPBD should mandate all charging in buildings to be smart charging ready;
8. EPBD should link to the Renovation Wave and Strategic Roll Out Plan by ensuring that funding and recovery plans tackle EV charging for all renovated buildings;
9. Re-evaluate and remove current cost and scope exemptions to address as much building renovations as possible;
10. Addressing charging at private depots and logistic hubs for trucks;


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