In Directive 2014/94/EU​ on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure, reference is made to the adoption of a National Policy Framework by each Member State intended for market development of alternative fuels infrastructure.

The proposal suggests that binding national targets shall be established and which may be revised at a later stage on the basis of an assessment of internal demand within the territory of the Member State. In addition, each Member State will be obliged to report to the EU Commission on the implementation of each respective National Policy Framework.

In view of this, the MNEP will be putting in place a draft National Policy Framework with regards to the National Electric Car Charging Infrastructure to be put in place by December 2020, which however will be revised, up or down, according to BEVs uptake and demand for car-charging infrastructure. 

One has to note that the MNEP has already included in the MNEAP a draft programme for the deployment of BEV electric charging infrastructure, assuming that the national targets for the registration in Malta of 5,000 BEVs will be reached, and this is irrespective of the mandatory targets proposed in the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure proposed directive.

The number of mandatory car charging points set in the Directive is a suggested amount of 1 charging point per 10 electric vehicles deployed on the road, meaning that if the 5000 EV target is reached by 2020, a corresponding 500 charging points have to be deployed on the National Network by the same year.

Through DEMOEV, 45 charging pillars providing a total of 90 points have been deployed nationwide.  The pillars installed are ZE ready medium-fast, 3 phase pillars providing an AC power supply which charges a 22kWh battery from 0% to 100% in less than 4 hours.

As part of the PORT-PVEV project, three solar charging stations have been installed at Ċirkewwa Ferry Terminal, Ta’Xbiex Marina and Deep Water Quay Car park, providing a further 6 charging pillars to the national network with the added benefit that these pillars provide over 3000 charging events at full carbon neutrality (since they utilise the solar power produced on site to directly charge electric vehicles) per year.

In the meantime, through the MNEP, a number of synergies will be created through an interface between MNEP – Enemalta and Service Providers. This will be set up to make sure that the deployment of the charging infrastructure would be done in a seamless manner, including the issue of funding.

Current Charging Infrastructure Locations