Just two countries in the EU have the majority of electric car charging points in the EU: the Netherlands with 29.4% and Germany with 19.4%.
According to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association industry body ACEA, this uneven distribution is harming the uptake of electric vehicles and further progress is required if the EU is to hit its 55 by 30 target - a reduction in emissions of at least 55% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.
While top of the table Netherlands has over 90,000 charge points, bottom of the list Cyprus has just fifty-seven. There is also a clear split between central and eastern European countries and western Europe. Romania, for example, has 0.4% of all the EU’s charging points yet it is six times the size of the Netherlands.
ACEA says that for the EU to meet its CO2 targets sales of electric vehicles will require a huge uptick, while up to 6.8m public charging points would also be required by 2030.
“While some countries are powering ahead when it comes to infrastructure rollout, the majority are lagging behind,” commented ACEA director general, Eric-Mark Huitema.
It means that global fleets operating in Europe will need to plan accordingly if they are to start decarbonizing their fleets with operational certainty.
Top 5: Countries with MOST chargers
- Netherlands (90,284)
- Germany (59,410)
- France (37,128)
- Sweden (25,197)
- Italy (23,543)
Top 5: Countries with LEAST chargers
- Cyprus (57)
- Malta (98)
- Lithuania (207)
- Estonia (385)
- Latvia (420)