ACEA: ’10 EU countries don’t have a charging point per 100km’
There is a serious lack of electric charging points all along the road networks in most EU member states. New data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) have been confirming this.
The findings show that 10 countries do not even have one single charger for every 100 kilometers of key roads (includes motorways, state, provincial and communal roads).
These countries also have an electric car market share of less than 3% (except Hungary). Moreover, 18 EU member states have under 5 charging points per 100km of road, with just four possessing more than 10 chargers for each 100km of streets.
Are we ‘fit for 55’?
As part of its Fit for 55 climate package published in July, the European Commission proposed that by 2030 CO2 emissions from new cars should be 55% less than 2021 levels, up from the 37.5% target for 2030 set only three years ago.
“European car manufacturers will have to bring millions of electrically chargeable cars to the market over the next years to meet this challenging new target,” ACEA notes.
“Consumers will not be able to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles if there are not enough charging and refueling stations along the roads where they drive,” cautions ACEA Director-General Eric-Mark Huitema.
“For instance, if citizens of Greece, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania still have to travel 200 km or more to find a charger, we cannot expect them to be willing to buy an electric car,” explains Huitema.
“Massive progress on infrastructure deployment will have to be made across the EU in a very short timeframe. The advances made in a few Western European countries are encouraging but should not distract us from the dire state of the charging network in other EU countries,” Huitema warns.
There’s a striking contrast, for example, between the Netherlands – the country with the most chargers (47,5 for each 100 km of road) – and a vast country like Poland (eight times bigger, but only one charging point for every 250 km).
Huitema once more: “Unfortunately, the proposal for an Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Regulation – also a component of the Fit for 55 package – is out of sync with the Commission’s ambitions for the CO2 targets.”
“While we appreciate the introduction of much-needed binding targets for charging and refueling stations in each member state, they will need to be strengthened significantly if we want to meet our climate goals.”
That’s why ACEA is calling on the European Parliament and the Council to grasp this opportunity to put the right conditions for e-mobility in place during the upcoming negotiations on Fit for 55. The ambitious climate plan still has to get the approval of both the Council of member states and the European Parliament.