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All new and renovated homes will have to be equipped with EV charging station by 2019, according to draft of new EU directive.

The new draft directive (which should be published before year-end) doesn't specify the charger type - as it's very much dependent on capabilities electric grid in the area. However, it is safe to presume that at least 3,6 kW station will be needed (or maybe even a 7,2 kW). Besides mandating charging stations for houses, the draft directive also demands that by 2023 10 percent of parking spaces in bigger bulidings (public buildings, shopping malls, appartment bulidings) will have to be equiped with charging ports - a number that seems quite low, unless the plan is to raise the percentage in the following years as the numbers of EVs grow.

As the German Bundesrat last week voted to recommend a phaseout of cars with internal combustion engines by 2030 and Norway and the Netherlands may do it even sooner, as early as 2025, such kind of regulation is one of more efective ways to ensure that development of charging infrastructure follows the growth of EV sales.

Oct. 21, 2016 Living photo: Profimedia

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