And the friendliest country in Europe with electric vehicles is…

Which European countries support EV (electric vehicle) and the plug-in hybrids ? And those who are less? This is the question that LeasePlan, the long-term rental specialist, is asking again for the 5th consecutive year. Like everyone else, the rental company is gradually moving towards this form of “fuel”. In fact, he announced that in the fourth quarter of 2021, 31.8% of his company’s LLD options were electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, a record.

Their “EV Readiness Index” study, released Tuesday, answers the question.

What criteria were they based on? ? Mainly in three of them:

1/ Sales of electric vehicles in each country (19 possible points).

2/ The maturity of charging infrastructures (13 possible points).

3/ The global cost of use, taking into account government incentives (subsidies for purchase, installation of terminals, recharging, 18 possible points).

Each of the criteria includes sub-criteria that you can find in the detailed results of the study:

The markets of 22 European countries were analysed. Here are the results.

And the friendliest country in Europe with electric vehicles is...

no surprise, Norway, a long-time friend of electric vehicles, leads the ranking, with 42 points out of 50 possible. More surprisingly, the Netherlands (37 points) and the United Kingdom (35 points), tied with Austria, complete the podium, but this was already the case in 2021.

The worst countries for EV, according to LeasePlan, are Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with 13, 13 and 14 points out of 50.

But where is our Hexagon located? Well, in the weak point of the ranking, in position 11 of 22, with 27 points out of 50 possible. France scores 10 out of 19 points for electric vehicle sales, 4 out of 13 points for charging infrastructure maturity and 11 out of 18 points for cost of ownership and use.

The details of the study, which you can find at the end of the article in .PDF format, show us, for example, that France has 52,311 charging points in its territory, of which 5,573 fast charging stations, which means 0.78 terminals per 1,000. inhabitants, and 1,844 terminals per EV sold in 2021. We also have 48 fast-charging terminals every 100 km of highway. For comparison, in Norvège, there are 24,249 terminals with 7,858 rapids, 4.5 terminals for 1,000 inhabitants, and 1.64 terminals for VE sold in 2021. There are also 780 rapid terminals for hundreds of km d ‘ freeway. So we measure the progress France needs to make to catch up with this electric vehicle champion country.

The biggest concern remains charging infrastructure.

LeasePlan’s general conclusions in relation to its study are based on 3 points:

1/ Sales of electric vehicles are accelerating in all countries and more electric models are becoming available in each vehicle segment.

2/ Charging infrastructure continues to lag, creating (or will create) a shortage of charging capacity even as sales increase. And this underlines the need for massive investment by states in reliable charging infrastructure across Europe.

3/ Electric vehicles are more affordable than ever (not necessarily public sentiment, editor’s note). Its competitiveness is mainly due to very low electricity prices compared to gasoline and diesel fuels, but also to advantageous tax measures for drivers.

The President and CEO of LeasePlan concludes in these terms:

The complete lack of government action on electric vehicle infrastructure is creating a charging shortage in Europe. As EV prices drop and more drivers go electric, finding an available charging station is becoming a nightmare. This report should be a wake-up call to policymakers across Europe: urgent investment in a comprehensive European charging infrastructure is now needed. Electric vehicles are one of the most effective ways to combat climate change, and governments need to make it easier, not harder, for everyone to make the switch.

Sources: LeasePlan and JournalAuto

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