Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

EU to support a network of electricity connection points for cargos

Creation date: October 30, 2014

The EU's TEN-T Programme will co-finance with almost €1.5 million the development of a European-wide electricity connection points (ECP) network on highways to supply trucks carrying temperature-controlled cargo during loading and resting periods. The network will provide a greener alternative to on-board diesel generators and engines currently in use.


The project will conduct a feasibility study for the network's development and construct 40 stations serving the temperature-controlled transport along the TEN-T road axis connecting the UK and Spain and The Netherlands to Italy.


For trucks taking advantage of this alternative facility, the network will help reduce the current levels of two important air pollutants, CO2 and NOx, by 65% and 95%, respectively. It will also contribute to considerably lowering particle emissions (up to 99%), noise pollution and cut energy costs by some 30-40%.


The project results will feed into the roadmap for the roll-out of a pan-European open access ECP network and will be widely shared among decision and policy makers.


The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Annual Call 2013, priority 'Decarbonisation / reduction of noise'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.



The project is to be completed by December 2015.


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Project: 2013-NL-92070-S


The TEN-T Programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and upgrade of transport infrastructure across the European Union.


The INEA is managing the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme.