New report: progress of EU charging infrastructure not conserving tempo with rising demand for EVs

A brand new report by the European Vehicle Producers’ Affiliation (ACEA) finds that, regardless of sturdy progress, the accessible charging infrastructure for EVs within the EU nonetheless falls far beneath what is required, and stays erratically distributed throughout member states.

The second version of “Making the Transition to Zero-Emission Mobility,” an annual examine of EV adoption in Europe, experiences that gross sales of plug-in automobiles within the EU elevated by 110% over the previous three years. Throughout the identical interval, nevertheless, the variety of charging factors grew by simply 58% (to underneath 200,000).

“That is probably harmful, as we might quickly attain a degree the place progress of electrical car uptake stalls if customers conclude there are merely not sufficient charging factors the place they should journey, or that they must queue too lengthy for a quick charger,” warned ACEA Director Normal Eric-Mark Huitema.

The ACEA’s evaluation reveals that DC quick chargers account for only one in 7 charging factors within the EU. Additionally, the present infrastructure stays erratically distributed. 4 nations—the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK—account for greater than 75% of all EV charging factors. The nation with probably the most infrastructure, the Netherlands, has over 1,000 occasions extra charging factors than the nation with the least infrastructure (Cyprus, with 38 charging factors).

ACEA has been calling on the European Fee to fast-track the overview of the EU Different Fuels Infrastructure Directive as a part of its COVID restoration plan, together with clear and binding deployment targets for all member states. “With Europe’s increased local weather ambitions in thoughts, there’s now a good better urgency to improve the infrastructure necessities for all different automobiles,” Mr. Huitema confused.

Supply: ACEA