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EAFO Release Notes - December 2019

Created: 2019-12-19 13:24 | Last change: 2020-01-22 18:46

To bring the best service to our respected users, EAFO tries her very her best to constantly update data and features and keeps on adding new functionality to this portal as well.  This september we brought another major update online, which we want to inform our users about. 

So what were the most important updates on EAFO in December 2019? 

A SECOND important announcement Fast Chargers

Last September we had updated the figures for electric recharging points installed across Europe.
Now in December, we have updated the figures a second time, because we found an even better calculation method for the elimination of double-counting of CCS and CHAdeMO DC chargers. We have recounted the number of recharging points deployed in Europe, in order to better reflect the actual availability of unique charging interfaces to EV-users. In particular, this recounting exercise focused on eliminating double-counting of CCS and CHAdeMO DC fast chargers ( > 22 kW ) even more precise than in the previous update.

According to the definition in the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (2014/94/EU), a ‘recharging point’ means an interface that is capable of charging one electric vehicle at a time. In practice, almost all (non Tesla) DC fast chargers offer both CCS and CHAdeMO charging capability. However, since the CCS and CHAdeMO plug cannot be used at the same time, recharging points that offer both can effectively only recharge one electric vehicle at a time.

We acknowledge that, in a small amount of cases, recharging points offer only CCS or CHAdeMO charging capability, though this is currently the exception. Our sources do not yet, however, permit to single out those cases. In order to represent the actual deployment of rechargers as accurately as possible in attendance thereof, it has been decided in agreement with the European Commission to report the number of DC fast chargers per country in the following way: 

“CCS + CHAdeMO + Tesla Superchargers + Type-2 AC - (Number of 50 kW DC chargers with CCS, CHAdeMO and Type-2 AC plugs)”.

To explain the new counting method:
It has been confirmed by our professional data provider, that with very little exception, the amount of Type-2 AC plugs (43 kW) equals the number of 50 kW DC chargers with 3 plugs (CCS, CHAdeMO and Type-2 AC). Based on this insight, we can abstract that the amount of CCS and CHAdeMO plugs that are connected to the same 50 kW DC charger, and therefor cannot be used at the same time, equals the number of Type-2 AC plugs. 

Based on this knowledge, we can rewrite our formula to: 

"CCS + CHAdeMO + Tesla Superchargers + Type-2 AC - Type-2 AC",

or even shorter: "CCS + CHAdeMO + Tesla Superchargers"

Inclusion of National Policy Framework pages

In accordance with Article 3 of Directive 2014/94/EU (Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive), Member States were obliged to adopt National Policy Frameworks (NPFs) and report them to the European Commission by 18 November 2016. NPFs should include national targets for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure in the respective Member State.

The Directive furthermore sets (qualitative) requirements for the roll-out of infrastructure for recharging electric vehicles in urban and suburban areas and refueling natural gas vehicles in urban and suburban areas and on the TEN-T core network. It also contains provisions for LNG infrastructure on the core network and in (inland and maritime) ports. It is largely in the discretion of Member States to set requirements for hydrogen infrastructure through the NPFs. The recitals of the Directive recommend some specific metrics for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, while others have been suggested by the Commission in its assessment of the NPFs.

Under the reporting obligations of the Directive, the Commission is tasked with assessing the overall relevance and effectiveness of NPFs and their coherence at Union level. The assessment of the deployment of infrastructure along the TEN-T network is of particular relevance.

For that reason, EAFO is now publishing the integral text of the National Policy Frameworks on the Country page of each Member State, including an English translation where necessary, and will track progress towards meeting the targets established therein. We also provide an overview of the most important features of the National Policy Frameworks.

Please note that the National Policy Frameworks have been formally assessed by the European Commission. The result of this work is available here:
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