There is a serious lack of EV charging stations along road networks in most EU Member States, according to new data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). The survey showed that 10 countries do not have a single charger for every 100 kilometers of their main roads.
All these countries also have a market share of less than 3% (except for Hungary). Eighteen EU Member States have fewer than 5 charging points per 100 km on their roads.
Just four states have more than 10 chargers for every 100 kilometers on their roads. As part of the Fit for 55 climate package published in July, the European Commission proposed that by 2030 CO2 emissions from new cars should be 55% below 2021 levels – up from the 37.5% target for 2030 set just three years ago.
European car manufacturers will have to bring millions of electric charged cars to market in the coming years to achieve this difficult goal.
“Consumers will not be able to switch vehicles with zero emissions if there are not enough charging and refuelling stations along the roads where they drive,” warned ACEA’s director-general, Eric-Mark Huitema.
“For example, if the citizens of Greece, Lithuania, Poland and Romania have to travel 200 kilometers or more to find a charger, we cannot expect them to be willing to buy an electric car,” Huitema explained.
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“Huge progress should be made in infrastructure development across the EU in a very short period of time. The progress made in some Western European countries is encouraging.” Indeed, the contrast between the Netherlands – the region with the most chargers (47.5 for every 100 kilometers of road) – and a large country like Poland (eight times larger), but only with one charging point for every 250 kilometers) is striking.