The European Parliament just passed a resolution this week that will require member states to install a specified number of electric vehicle charging stations and hydrogen and natural gas stations by 2020. Germany will set its target to 86,000, Italy will install 72,000, and the UK is planning to build a minimum of 70,000 EV recharging points. This directive will help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and achieve a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transportion by 2050.

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The new resolution endorsed by European law-makers will compel all member states to build publicly-available networks of electric vehicle chargers and refueling stations for alternative fuels. The targets contained in the directive include government tax and public procurement incentives.

In addition to EV charging stations, the resolution will require countries with hydrogen fuel networks to install additional stations so that the maximum distance between any two stations is 300 km. Countries without hydrogen refueling points will have to build a specified number of stations by the end of 2030. For trucks and other heavy duty vehicles, refueling pints will have to be provided at maximum intervals of 400 km. CNG refueling points will have to be installed at maximum intervals of 100 km.

Each member country will create nationally-coordinated policy plans, according to the Transport Committee. Some of the funding for the plans may come from EU programs such as Horizon 20, the Regional Development Fund and the Connecting Europe Facility.

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