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9 Apr 19

Europe needs 3 million charging points by 2030 to make EVs work

Automotive consultancy Jato and the European Environmental Agency (EEA) concur: the average CO2 emissions from new cars in Europe are on the rise again since 2017. Apart from an increased appetite for SUVs and crossovers, the massive return to petrol is the main culprit, says the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

“It is no coincidence that 2017 marked the first increase in CO2 from cars since records began in 2010, as it was also the first year that petrol overtook diesel in terms of new car sales,” stated Erik Jonnaert, Secretary General of ACEA. Meeting the 2021 CO2 targets – not to mention the extremely stringent 2025 and 2030 targets that were agreed recently – will require a much stronger uptake of alternatively-powered cars.

And for that, ACEA says Europe needs do its part as well, mainly by investing much more in charging infrastructure. Today, there are some 150,000 public charging points for electric cars in the EU. At least 2.8 million will be needed by 2030, according to conservative estimates by the European Commission. That translates to almost a 20-fold increase over the next 12 years.

Jonnaert: “We urge national governments and EU policy makers to make the much-needed infrastructure investments so that sales of electrically-chargeable cars can really take off in Europe.”

Price obstacle

Another obstacle is the price difference with conventional ICE-powered cars. According to Jato, the average retail price of a Nissan Leaf and VW e-Golf is 34% higher than their ICE rivals. however, this price disadvantage can be offset by lower taxes, reduced servicing costs and a smaller fuel bill. Indeed, from a TCO perspective, BEVs are not necessarily more expensive than their ICE counterparts.

In France, PSA even offers the all-electric DS3 Crossback E-Tense at a lower lease rate than its petrol-powered counterpart. It is able to do so because the French government gives a €6,000 incentive on lease contracts for BEVs until the end of this year.

In Norway, BEVs are equally less expensive than combustion engine vehicles thanks to a more advantageous taxation. They represented more than half of all new car sales in the first quarter of 2019, mainly thanks to the availability of the Tesla Model 3.

Authored by: Dieter Quartier