EU charging infrastructure ‘must expand to meet rising demand for EVs’

Although European sales of EVs increased by 110% in the last three years, the number of charging points grew by just 58%, according to a new report

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Europe must expand its charging infrastructure network to meet the rising demand for electric vehicles (EVs).

That’s according to a new report by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), which suggests the number of existing charging networks in Europe still falls below the amount needed and claims they are ‘unevenly’ distributed across member states.

The findings of the report reveal that although sales of EVs in Europe climbed by 110% in the last three years, the number of charging points increased by just 58%, reaching a total of around 200,00o.

The analysis also highlights one-in-seven charging points is currently a fast charger with only 28,586 charging points suitable for fast charging.

In addition, figures suggest four countries, the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK account for more than 75% of all EV charging points.

The country with the largest EV infrastructure, the Netherlands, has more than 1,000 times more charging points than the country with the least infrastructure, Cyprus, with 38 charging points.

ACEA Director-General Eric-Mark Huitema said: “This is potentially very dangerous, as we could soon reach a point where the 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.”