UK ranked third in Europe for EV readiness

Charging infrastructure can’t keep up with registrations, claims a new study

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The UK is the third best-prepared European country for drivers to take-up electric vehicles (EVs).

That’s according to a new study by LeasePlan, which claims Norway is the country most ready for EV adoption, followed by the Netherlands and then the UK.

It has based this ranking system on EV registrations, the level of infrastructure in place and the government incentives each country currently offers.

The podium positions are unchanged from last year, however, the UK has amassed more points in 2022 for its total cost of ownership and level of registrations.

The study found that EV uptake significantly increased across all markets, with electric cars now being more affordable than ever.

It puts this down to how much cheaper charging an EV currently is than filling up a petrol or diesel car, as well as beneficial taxation measures in place for electric drivers.

However, the report does highlight the poor situation when it comes to charging infrastructure, which is not keeping pace with the amount of registrations.

It calls for governments across Europe to rapidly increase accessibility to public charging infrastructure to stop the market from stalling.

Out of the countries surveyed, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland made up the bottom three countries in terms of EV readiness.

Tex Gunning, LeasePlan CEO, said: “This report must be a wake-up call for policymakers across Europe. Urgent investment is needed now in a comprehensive European charging infrastructure.

“Driving electric is one of the most effective ways we can all fight climate change, and governments need to make it easier, not harder, for everyone to make the switch.”