Spain launches real-time information on charging stations

by Lorraine Williamson
National Access Points

The Spanish traffic authority DGT has announced the availability of comprehensive real-time information on electric vehicle charging points through the National Access Point.

This initiative aims to facilitate electric vehicle users by providing real-time details through navigation systems and mobility applications.

As per the directive, electric charging service providers are responsible for electronically transmitting updated information to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. The integration of an application with DGT ensures seamless updates and accessibility for users.

Supranational obligation and European standards

This move aligns with supranational obligations set by the European Union. A new regulation mandated specifications to ensure the accessibility, exchange, reuse, and update of road and traffic data by road authorities, infrastructure operators, and service providers throughout the EU.

Article 3 of this regulation mandates each member state to establish a National Access Point. This should serve as a singular user interface for road and traffic data. In Spain, the Directorate General of Traffic manages this crucial access point, enabling users to access real-time updates pertaining to the country’s territory.

Additionally, the implementation of the National Access Point aligns with the provisions of the relevant Law, on climate change and energy transition. Part of this law mandates the government to make information on electric vehicle charging points publicly available through the National Access Point for real-time traffic information managed by the autonomous body, the Central Traffic Headquarters.

Regulation framework and user-friendly information

To streamline the submission of information, the order regulates the content and format for service providers to submit data to the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. Whether public charging point operators or electric mobility service providers, companies must provide updated information on the location, characteristics, and availability of their charging facilities through electronic means.

The publication of charging points will adhere to the European standard format for traffic information exchange. This facilitates seamless integration into third-party applications, ensuring users can access information effortlessly.

User-centric information on charging stations

Electric vehicle users can now benefit from a wealth of information about charging stations, including:

  • Location: Clear address and geographical coordinates.
  • Opening Hours: Information on operational hours.
  • Available Services: Details on additional services like hotels, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, etc.
  • Accessibility Measures: Indication of whether the facility is accessible.
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Information on payment options.
  • Number of Charging Points and Connectors: Details on the quantity of charging points and available connectors.

Moreover, for a hassle-free experience, as well as power and voltage specifications, users can access information on the following;

  • connector types
  • formats
  • charging modes,

This initiative not only complies with European standards but also reinforces Spain’s commitment to sustainable mobility. Furthermore, it provides electric vehicle users with essential information for a seamless and efficient charging experience.

Also read: Where can you find charging points for your car in Spain?

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