Electric cars: 6 EU countries have less than 1 charger per 100km of road; 1 charger in 7 is fast

Brussels, 13 October 2022 – Not only is there an insufficient number of electric charging points along the road networks in most EU countries, but the vast majority of these do not charge quickly enough, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

ACEA is alerting policy makers to this double problem – which risks stalling market uptake of electric cars – a week ahead of the European Parliament’s vote on the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR).

Six EU countries do not have a single charging point per 100km of road. 17 countries have less than five charging points per 100km of road, with just five possessing more than 10 chargers for every 100km of streets.

There is also a huge gulf between the countries with the most chargers per 100km of road and those with the least. For instance, in the Netherlands there is one charger for every 1.5km of road, while Poland – which is eight times bigger – has just one charger along every 150km.

Charging speed is also a major issue across the continent, as fast chargers (with a capacity of more than 22kW) make up a fraction of the total. Indeed, just one in seven of all EU charging points is fast. All the rest (including many common-or-garden, low-capacity power sockets) have a capacity of 22kW or less, and do not charge vehicles at an acceptable speed.

To meet CO2 targets, sales of electric cars will need to pick up massively in all EU countries. “If we want to convince citizens all over Europe to switch to e-mobility in the coming decade, charging these cars should be as easy as refuelling is today,” said ACEA Director General, Sigrid de Vries. “People should not have to travel for miles to find a charger, nor should they have to wait ages to charge their vehicle.”

ACEA therefore fully endorses the report of the AFIR rapporteur, Ismail Ertug. “We are calling on MEPs to vote for decisive action on charging infrastructure next week, setting ambitious infrastructure targets – with clear enforcement mechanisms – for each member state,” urged Ms de Vries.

If we want to convince citizens all over Europe to switch to e-mobility in the coming decade, charging these cars should be as easy as refuelling is today.

Notes for editors

  • ‘Electric cars’ = electrically-chargeable vehicles (battery electric vehicles + plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) in this context.
  • In this context ‘roads’ include motorways, state, provincial and communal roads.
  • All data on charging infrastructure are from the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO) and are the latest full year figures (2021): https://alternative-fuels-observatory.ec.europa.eu/transport-mode/road/european-union-eu27/country-comparison
  • The information in this press release was published as part of the 2022 edition of ACEA’s statistical report, ‘Making the transition to zero-emission mobility’.
  • This annual report monitors the market uptake of alternatively-powered cars and vans, as well as the availability of infrastructure, over a five-year period (2017-2021). It also makes a number of correlations, analysing the influence of certain factors – such as national income or the number of charging points per 100km of road – on the market uptake of alternatively-powered vehicles.

About ACEA

  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 16 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, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
  • Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
  • Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.auto, +32 485 88 66 47.

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About the EU automobile industry

  • 13 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.4 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €374.6 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €79.5 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
  • Investing €58.8 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 32% of total EU spending.
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