Discover the new DGT pictograms that inform about the recharging points

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Throughout the length and breadth of the Spanish geography are distributed 11,500 public charging points for electric vehicles. There are not many if we compare ourselves with Europe, but there are too many so that we do not yet have a way to identify them in a clear, consensual and even official way, with the stamp of the DGT. To remedy this deficiency, the Government has presented this week four pictograms that you should know if you move at the controls of an electric car.

The signs, posted on an instruction from the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) which entered into force yesterday, seek to resolve doubts and clarify both the location and the characteristics of the recharging facilities. “The points already installed on highways and urban roads needed to be signposted and included in the catalogue,” details the Executive. To achieve this, Transport, Interior and Ecological Transition agreed on guidelines in line with those of other EU countries.

The technicians not only drew up a small catalog of signs for the recharging points. They also agreed on something even more basic and that was also pending: own electric vehicle pictograma signal from which the DGT and the authorities can use when they want to indicate that a signaling affects this type of car or motorcycle, for example.

Simple and intuitive designs

The design is very simple and shows the silhouette of a green car with a cable.

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Electric vehicle signaling pictogram.

As for charging points, the Government has opted for a standard signal, the silhouette of a green fountain with a cable, a plug and the letters “EV”, which will be combined with other pictograms to detail in each case the services that drivers will find. For example, when you see the sign isolated, without any other support, it will identify an “electric charging station”.

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Electric charging station.

If it is accompanied by the image of a conventional pump, it means that in addition to the electric recharging station, drivers will also have access to a fuel refueling station.

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Fuel dispenser and electric recharging station.

There would even be a third option, in which another is added to the previous services: a service station where they also have liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or autogas.

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Fuel dispenser, LPG and electric recharging station.

“All the pictograms may be placed individually or collectively on the service signs that citizens can find both on the road and in urban areas”, specifies the Ministry of Transport. That the General Directorate of Traffic has published its instruction does not imply, however, that you are going to start seeing the signs everywhere automatically.

The Government specifies that the signs installed from now on must respect the new format; but it anticipates that they will be implemented gradually, as those that are already installed are withdrawn. “Its application will be progressive as the signs are renewed due to their state of conservation”, concludes the joint note of the three ministries.

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Although the signs are in line with the increasing weight of electric vehicles and the decarbonisation plans of the authorities, the truth is that the level of implementation of recharging points in Spain is still very limited. Faconauto calculates that we have one for every 245 million inhabitants and those with fast recharging still represent a very small percentage.

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Throughout the length and breadth of the Spanish geography are distributed 11,500 public charging points for electric vehicles. There are…

Throughout the length and breadth of the Spanish geography are distributed 11,500 public charging points for electric vehicles. There are…

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