Our colleagues from RTL spoke with Ministers Turmes and Bausch about the European infrastructure for charging electric vehicles which they believe will improve considerably by 2023.
On Monday morning, the first six “SuperChargy” charging stations at the Aire de Capellen were officially presented, now offering ultra-fast charging for electric vehicles.
According to a recent Ernst & Young survey, more than half of potential buyers worldwide are considering switching to hybrid or fully electric cars for the first time in history. For many people living in the European Union, electric vehicles will become mandatory from 2035 when it will no longer be allowed to sell petrol or diesel cars.
People who tend to rely on their car for vacations worry about the upcoming term. According to the Electric Vehicle Database, current models travel an average of 326 kilometers when fully charged. This means that several breaks have to be taken in case of more distant travel destinations, which raises the question of whether the wider network of charging stations is already sufficiently developed.
The situation will improve by 2025, according to Minister Turmes
Energy Minister Claude Turmes recognizes that “the situation is not yet ideal”. However, an EU regulation requires member states to increase their investment in electric transport and infrastructure by 2025.
“Unfortunately, countries like France and Italy are not yet where we are. But over the next two to three years, these countries will be forced to modernize their infrastructure,” explained Minister Turmes.
The EU regulation further requires the network of charging stations to be visible online. Additionally, live updates on availability should be provided.
The six new “SuperChargy” stations in the Capellen area promise to recharge cars in transit up to 80% in 20 minutes. The Minister of Mobility and Public Works François Bausch was also present at the opening ceremony: “This is an important step towards the objective that we have set ourselves.
By 2030, 50% of newly registered cars must be emission-free, added the Minister for the Greens. “It is therefore important to develop a network of regular and fast charging stations, which will be used for long transits.”
88 new SuperChargy stations by 2023
88 new super charging stations will be installed by Creos at 19 different sites over the period 2021 to 2023. The sites include car parks on Luxembourg’s six motorways as well as locations near main roads across the country.
Asked about Luxembourg’s potential to maintain its international attractiveness for car charging, Minister Bausch replied: “Why wouldn’t we take advantage of it? At the moment, we are number two in Europe in terms of infrastructure. The Netherlands are still ahead of us, but we are closing in on them. We are well advanced in our preparations to provide the best infrastructure for international traffic. And coupled with green electricity, we will also have fewer problems with CO2 emissions.
The new electrical installations at the Aire de Capellen are enough to quadruple the number of charging stations in the future. European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans was also present at the inauguration. He is currently leading the implementation of the European Green Deal as well as the first European climate law.
Before the end of the week, the Chamber of Deputies will pass a bill offering financial support of 40 million euros to companies that install private charging stations. By doing so, the Department of Energy hopes to provide incentives for the installation of hundreds of charging stations in the coming years.