France, Norway… The great European disparities regarding the electric car


Even today there is a great disparity in Europe regarding the appetite of certain countries for the electric car. Norway seems to be the best prepared country to make its transition to electricity very quickly.

Europe shows a great disparity regarding the electric car, according to a study published on April 6, 2022 by the long-term rental specialist lease plan, which has just published its index for the fifth consecutive year. Therefore, Norway seems to be the best prepared country to make its transition to electricity very quickly. Other nations like the Czech Republic or Poland still have a long way to go to get there. And the main finding of this study is based on the lack of available charging infrastructure. This remains a major barrier to EV adoption on the continent, despite growing interest among European drivers in switching to electric vehicles. As proof, its sales continue to grow in France, registering a market share of almost 12% in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 7% in the first quarter of 2021. France is ranked 11th in this ranking of the 22 countries studied. with an index of 27/50.

“Finding an available charging station is becoming more and more of a nightmare”, explains Tex Gunning, managing director of LeasePlan, in a press release. The latest count made by Avere-France and Gireve on the number of charging points available in France shows how far behind France is in deploying an infrastructure adapted to demand. France actually had 57,732 charging points as of March 31, compared to the 100,000 the government was aiming for by the end of 2021.

This corresponds to 10 cars per charging point when the Netherlands has three, according to data from Avere-France. The following table gives an idea of ​​the situation country by country. And if France is not part of the main candidates, we can realize that most countries, with the notable exception of the Netherlands, today lack the charging infrastructure available to meet the needs of electric cars.

“This report should be a wake-up call to policymakers across Europe: urgent investment is now needed for a comprehensive European charging infrastructure”says Tex Gunning.

Norway, good student of electricity

With its 5.4 million inhabitants, Norway is the country with the most electric cars per capita in the world. In 2021, 64.5% of new cars sold in Norway were electric. Norway and the United Kingdom are also the countries that most promote the energy transition to fully electric thanks to a set of aid and tax incentives, according to the report.

Methodology: to develop its index, LeasePlan took into account three criteria: sales of electric cars (registrations), the maturity of the infrastructure made available to drivers and the policies put in place by governments to encourage drivers to go overboard. to the electric ones.

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