And the most EV-friendly country in Europe is…

Which European countries are friendly for EVs (electric vehicles) and plug-in hybrids? And the less? This is the question LeasePlan, the long-term rental specialist, is asking itself for the 5th time in a row. Like everyone else, the rental company is gradually evolving into this form of “fuel”. In fact, he revealed that in Q4 2021, 31.8% of his company’s LLD puts were EVs or plug-in hybrids, a record.

The EV Readiness Index study released on Tuesday answers the question.

According to what criteria were they available? ? Mainly on three of them:

1/ EV sales in each country (19 possible points).

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

3/ The total cost of use, taking into account government incentives (aid for purchase, installation of terminals, charging, 18 possible points).

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

https://www.leaseplan.com/corporate/~/media/Files/L/Leaseplan/documents/120422%20EV%20Readiness%20Index%20Release%202022%20-%20Report.pdf

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

without surprise Norway, a long-time EV-friendly country, tops the rankings, with 42 out of 50 possible points. More surprisingly, the Netherlands (37 points) and the United Kingdom (35 points) complete the podium, level on points with Austria, but this was already the case in 2021.

According to LeasePlan, the worst countries for electric vehicles are Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia with 13, 13 and 14 out of 50 points.

But where is our hexagon located? Well, in the soft underbelly of the rankings, ranked 11th out of 22, with 27 points out of a possible 50. France scores 10 out of 19 for electric vehicle sales, 4 out of 13 for maturity of charging infrastructure and 11 out of 18 for operational and usage costs.

For example, from the details of the study that you can find at the end of the article as a .PDF document, we learn that France has 52,311 charging points on its territory, including 5,573 fast charging stations, which corresponds to 0.78 terminals per 1,000 inhabitants and 1,844 terminals per sold Electric vehicle in 2021. We also have 48 fast charging terminals every 100km of highway. For comparison: Norway has 24,249 charging stations, including 7,858 fast charging stations, 4.5 charging stations per 1,000 inhabitants and 1.64 charging stations per EV sold in 2021. There are also 780 fast charging stations per hundred kilometers of motorway. We therefore measure the progress France needs to make to catch up with this EV champion country.

The biggest concern remains the charging infrastructure

LeasePlan’s general conclusions regarding their study are based on 3 points:

1/ Electric vehicle sales are accelerating in all countries, and more and more electric models are available in every vehicle segment.

2/ Charging infrastructure is still lagging behind, leading (or will lead) to a shortage of charging capacity even as sales increase. And this underscores the need for massive government investment in reliable charging infrastructure across Europe.

3/ EVs are more affordable than ever (not necessarily the public feeling, ed.). Their competitiveness is mainly based on very low electricity prices compared to petrol and diesel fuels, but also on tax advantages for drivers.

LeasePlan’s Chairman and CEO summarizes:

The complete lack of government measures on electric vehicle infrastructure leads to a charging shortage in Europe. As electric vehicle prices fall and more drivers switch to electric vehicles, finding an available charging station is becoming a nightmare. This report should be a wake-up call for 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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