Gas stations will have six months to install EV charging points

EV charging stations

Small gas stations in Spain will have six more months to install EV charging points. Said stations will have a capacity of 50 kW and not 22 kW as it had been previously established, according to a new draft Law for Climate Change and Energy Transition analyzed by Europa Press.

The novelties include that these charging points will be mandatory for new service stations and new building construction projects.

Another highlight is the elimination of the “minimum 20%” of the General State Budget that should be earmarked for the fight against climate change. Now, the percentage has been replaced by the words “to be determined,” creating uncertainty as to how many resources will the government use for this project.

In order to calculate the percentage, the draft law explains that it should be equal to the amount agreed in the EU multiannual financial framework.

As in the original text, this draft also establishes that the law and the budget will be revised by the Parliament in 2025.

Eliminating carbon dioxide

One of the most controverted aspects of this draft law is that it maintains the goal of eliminating vehicles that produce CO2 emissions by 2050.

This has caused some controversy in Spain, but most of all it stirred up discontent in the automobile sales market.

In order to fulfill this target, the government is aiming to ban the sale of cars powered by gasoline, diesel, gas, and hybrids as of 2040.

This measure is intended to create low CO2 emissions areas in municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants.

EV charging stations

The draft law also modifies the aggregate volume of gasoline and diesel sales that gas stations mandated to install EV charging stations should have.

Larger service stations that store more than 10 million liters of gasoline will have 21 months to install their EV charging stations.

As to smaller stations that store 5 million liters of fuel, they will have up to 27 months.

Other companies involved

Another novelty of the draft law is that other companies and institutions will be involved. Such is the case of Banco de España, the National Securities Market Commission, and the Directorate-General of Insurance and Pension Funds, which will assess the impact of climate change on Spain’s financial system.

The electricity operator, the Technical Gas system Operator, and the Hydrocarbon Logistics Company will also participate by assessing the risks of a decarbonized power system.

Moreover, all Spanish companies must present a non-financial obligations report on the impact their activity has on climate change.

Alternative fuels

One of the aspects that stand out the most is the alternative fuels that service stations could end up offering.

There are some dispositions promoting biomethane, hydrogen, and renewable gas, which were mentioned in the first document of the draft law.

Nonetheless, the second draft also included biogas, a gas generated by natural means.

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