E-mobility: only 1 in 9 charging points in EU is fast

Brussels, 3 November 2021 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is alerting EU policy makers to a twin problem with charging infrastructure for electric cars: not only is there a flagrant lack of chargers throughout the region, but very few of these can actually charge vehicles at an acceptable speed.

ACEA is sounding this alarm as national governments and the European Parliament are set to prepare their positions on the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) proposed by European Commission in July. The AFIR is a central component of Europe’s ‘Fit for 55’ climate package, which also includes new car CO2 targets.

Out of some 225,000 public chargers currently available in the EU, only 25,000 are suitable for fast charging. In other words, a mere one in nine European charging points is a fast charger (with a capacity of more than 22kW). The remaining charging points (with a capacity of 22kW or less) include many common-or-garden, low-capacity power sockets.

Charging an electric car using one of these 200,000 low-tech power outlets can take as long as an entire night. By contrast, using a high-capacity fast charger can reduce this to less than an hour. Fast chargers, however, still only count for a fraction (11%) of Europe’s infrastructure network.

“To convince more citizens to go electric, we have to remove all the hassle associated with charging,” said ACEA Director General, Eric-Mark Huitema. “People need to see plenty of chargers in their daily environment, and these charging points must be quick and easy to use – without having to wait in long queues.”

“Charging should be as convenient and simple as refuelling is today. Unfortunately, the AFIR proposal is nowhere near ambitious enough to achieve this goal. What is more, it is totally misaligned with the proposed new CO2 targets for cars,” cautioned Mr Huitema.

ACEA is therefore urging the European Parliament and the Council to significantly strengthen the Commission’s proposal, in order to ensure that Europe can build a dense network of charging and refuelling infrastructure, including sufficient numbers of fast chargers in each EU member state by 2030.

The AFIR proposal is nowhere near ambitious enough. What is more, it is totally misaligned with the proposed new CO2 targets for cars.

Notes for editors

  • These data are from the 2021 edition of ACEA’s annual ‘Making the Transition to Zero-Emission Mobility’ report, which tracks the progress on key enabling factors for alternatively-powered passenger cars and vans.
  • ‘Electric cars’ = electrically-chargeable vehicles (battery electric vehicles + plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) in this context.

About ACEA

  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, JLR, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, and Volvo Group
  • Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on http://www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or http://www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/


  • Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.auto, +32 485 88 66 47
  • Ben Kennard, Content Editor and Press Manager, bk@acea.auto, +32 485 88 66 44

About the EU automobile industry

  • 12.9 million Europeans work in the automotive sector
  • 8.3% of all manufacturing jobs in the EU
  • €392.2 billion in tax revenue for European governments
  • €101.9 billion trade surplus for the European Union
  • Over 7% of EU GDP generated by the auto industry
  • €59.1 billion in R&D spending annually, 31% of EU total
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