Spain orders petrol stations to install fast chargers


In Spain, more than 1,000 large petrol stations will have to offer at least one fast-charging point for electric vehicles from 2023. This is now stipulated in a proposal for a ministerial decree just published by the Spanish Ministry of the Environment.

The proposed regulation would affect petrol stations that sell more than five million litres of fuel per year or have a “relevant size” in their area. This would probably also affect petrol stations that are below the sales threshold but are unrivalled in their area. In other words, if there is no petrol station in a province, on an island or in an autonomous city that sells more than five million litres, the largest petrol station in the area will be obliged to do so.

This means that according to the ministry, more than 1,000 filling stations will have to install charging points, unless they fall under one of the exceptions, like, for example, if the charging station is not technically feasible on site. But there is also a further differentiation within the 1,000 filling stations: locations that sold more than ten million litres of petrol or diesel in 2019 (i.e. before the effects of the Corona pandemic) must operate at least one charging point with at least 150 kW within the next 21 months, i.e. by February 2023. This should add up to be around 200 filling stations.

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And a German-owned company gets the contract?

ADS-TEC Energy claims major deal for ultra-rapid chargers in Spain

ADS-TEC Energy, a German provider of battery-boosted ultra-rapid charging technology, today announced a deal with “one of Europe’s largest energy suppliers” to install ADS-TEC’s charging stations ready to operate in Spain before the year’s end.

The agreement is part of a plan to establish a nationwide public charging network in Spain. ADS-TEC has not disclosed the energy company’s name and refers to it only as “the customer”. Since several large companies in Spain are currently working on charging networks, it is impossible to draw reliable conclusions from the data provided.

The customer, however, mentioned that ADS-TEC Energy had helped to accelerate their ultra-fast charging network and that the new stations would contribute “to speed up the transition to electric mobility in Spain”. The Business Developer also detailed that the network was consisting of High Power Charging Stations connected to the middle voltage grid. The plan is to charge up to ten EVs there while up to four electric cars will charge from the low voltage grid at unspecified “ultra-fast rates”.

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