The distribution of EV charging points in the EU does not keep up with the rising demand for EVs

28 October 2020, 04:04:07

The distribution of EV charging points in the EU does not keep up with the rising demand for EVsThe European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) reports that the growth of charging points on the Old Continent does not keep pace with the rising demand for EVs. More specifically, according to the report, the sales of electrically-chargeable cars in the EU increased by 110% over the past three years. During the same period however, the number of charging points grew by just 58% (to under 200,000). This is enough for the report to conclude that the investment in infrastructure is not keeping pace with increased sales of electric vehicles.

"This is potentially very dangerous, as we could soon reach a point where growth of electric vehicle uptake stalls if consumers conclude there are simply not enough charging points where they need to travel, or that they have to queue too long for a fast charger," warned ACEA Director General, Eric-Mark Huitema.

In addition, ACEA's findings show that just 1 in 7 charging points in the EU is a fast charger at the moment. Only 28,586 charging points are suitable for fast charging (with a capacity of ≥22kW), while normal points (<22kW) account for the vast majority (171,239). Moreover, the existing infrastructure remains unvevenly distributed throughout the EU. The Netherlands, Germany, France, and the UK cover 27% of the EU's total surface area but account for 75% of the charging points.Source

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