Denmark invests millions in electric truck charging

Denmark invests millions in electric truck charging

ELECTRIVE — 2023-11-10

Land transportation

According to the Danish Transport Ministry, the first fast-charging locations for electric trucks are set to go live “as early as” 2025. They will be located along major Danish Highways and have a total charging capacity of 133 MW (spread across the above-mentioned 175 charge points).

Specifically, they will be installed “in the area around Randers, Herning, Vejle, Padborg and Køge. Sund & Bælt will also open a charging park near Nyborg in 2025.” The other 20 charging parks will be opened continuously until 2030.

The corresponding tenders are currently being prepared. “The establishment of the charging parks will take place through government tenders, where private companies can submit offers for the construction of charging parks in competition on market terms,” it says on the transport ministry website.

The announcement comes after the EU adopted rules for expanding EV charging and hydrogen infrastructure in July. The country will invest 683 m Danish Krones in the project, which is about 91.5 m. 313 million DKK are provided via the “Infrastructure Plan 2035,” set up to co-finance publicly accessible charging infrastructures on state roads from 2021-2030, while the government will invest a further 370 m DKK to foot the bill.

The EU regulation on infrastructure for alternative fuels (AFIR) is part of the ‘Fit for 55’ policy. It says that EU countries must set up charging stations for heavy-duty vehicles every 60 kilometres along the TEN-T core network from 2025. Each station must have a minimum output of 350kW. For the larger TEN-T comprehensive network, charging locations can be up to 100 kilometres apart.