Expansion of charging infrastructure isn’t keeping pace with rising demand for EVs: ACEA

Expansion of charging infrastructure isn’t keeping pace with rising demand for EVs: ACEA

The pace of expansion of charging infrastructure in Europe is much slower than the pace of growth of electric vehicle (EV) sales, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) pointed out in its latest report.

According to the newly released ACEA report, the pace of plug-in vehicle sales jumped 110 per cent this year as compared with figures recorded three years ago, while the number of charging points grew merely 58 per cent to under 200,000. Moreover, over 85 per cent of those charging points (171,239) have been categorized as less than 22 kW. Just 14.3 per cent (28,586) have been rated at 22 kW or more.

The distribution of the charging infrastructure is also not proper. It is uneven as more than 75 per cent of all charging points are in just four countries, which account for only 27 per cent of Europe’s total surface area.

Pointing to uneven distribution of charging infrastructure, the main lobbying & standards group of the automobile industry in the European Union mentioned charging points per country as: Netherlands (25.4 per cent), Germany (20.3 per cent), France (15.2 per cent), and UK (14.3 per cent).

Eric-Mark Huitema, the Director General for the ACEA, warned that lack of sufficient charging infrastructure could hamper sales of EVs in the future.

Speaking on the topic, Huitema said, “This is potentially very dangerous, as we could soon reach a point where 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.”

The report also revealed that nearly 80 per cent of all EV sales are currently concentrated in merely six countries of the Western Europe that have the highest gross domestic products (GDPs) in the region. It means expanding charging infrastructure in countries that can’t yet afford mass electrification will not be of much help. Such countries will have to offer higher subsidies for electric vehicles or wait until EVs become affordable.

The ACEA recommended the European Union (EU) to spend more taxpayer money on expanding charging points to keep consumers’ growing interest in EVs intact. By the year of 2030, at least 2.8 million charging points will likely be required to keep pace with growing demand for EVs.