EV subsidies lower CO2, but infrastructure fails, EEA finds
Positive CO2 evolution
Subsidies and infrastructure, please
The EEA warns that to foster the uptake of electric vehicles, more charging facilities are needed to reassure people on reliability and range limitation concerns on using battery-powered cars. Today, only 10 of the 28 EU member states offer incentives to install charging stations.
The same warning is expressed by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). They say that investments need to be stepped up, as future reductions of CO2 emissions from cars and vans are strongly dependent on increased sales of electric and other alternatively-powered vehicles.
This will only happen with an EU-wide roll-out of recharging and refuelling infrastructure, say ACEA. The EEA pointed out in its report: “sufficient charging infrastructure is required to give people the confidence that fully electric vehicles will reliably meet their travel needs and help reduce anxiety linked with possible limitations in range.”
European approach needed
“Even though all manufacturers are expanding their portfolios of electric cars, we unfortunately see that market penetration of these vehicles is quite weak and patchy across the EU,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert.
“Consumers looking for an alternative to diesel often opt for petrol or hybrid vehicles, but are not yet making the switch to electrically-chargeable cars on a large scale. This new EEA report confirms that a dense EU-wide network of recharging infrastructure is an absolute must if we want consumers throughout the EU to really embrace EVs.”