In the course of the Programme Support Action (PSA) “Data collection related to recharging/refuelling points for alternative fuels and the unique identification codes related to e-Mobility actors” that was subsequently given the name IDACS, or “ID and Data Collection for Sustainable fuels in Europe”, the 15 member states of the consortium mandatorily have to collect data related to alternative fuels infrastructures, namely electric charging points and hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) as part of activity 2. Other alternative fuels, such as CNG, LNG, LPG and highly-blended biofuels can be covered optionally. The Grant Agreement that has been signed by all participating countries, describes the goals and requirements of this PSA and forms the basis for all these activities.

The aim of this exercise is to address current issues that owners of alternatively-fuelled vehicles face and related anxieties about the associated infrastructure caused by the currently low coverage of infrastructure units in Europe and persisting problems with access to information on the extant infrastructure. The 15 member states of the consortium will be able to write their national implementation plans with the help of this document.

It is the ultimate goal of IDACS to support better consumer awareness and buy-in to the use of alternative fuels by making available better information about the location and availability of these infrastructures. With the help of IDACS, member states will also address and transpose Article 7.7 of the Directive 2014/94/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure which states that, when available, data on the geographic location as well as real-time information on charging/refuelling infrastructure shall be made accessible to all users.

Categories for which data on HRS, electric charging points and other alternative fuels have to be collected comprise the location (GNSS coordinates / street name), contact info for owner/operator, the opening hours, identification and payment methods and operational Status (if the station is operational/ non-operational). Additional data categories, such as the available chargers and connectors, the e-mobility code and the occupation status have to be collected for electric charging stations.

As data collection mandatorily has to take place via the National Access Points (NAP) as defined in directive 2010/40/EU on the framework for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems in the field of road transport and for interfaces with other modes of transport, it is the aim of this document to give some guidance on how this can be achieved.

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