France, Norway… The big European disparities in the face of the electric car

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Even today in Europe there is a big discrepancy in the appetite of certain countries for the electric car. Norway seems to be the country best prepared to switch to fully electric vehicles very quickly.

Europe shows a big disparity when it comes to electric cars, according to a study published on April 6, 2022 by long-term rental specialist LeasePlan, which has just published its index for the fifth year in a row. Norway thus appears to be the country best prepared to switch to fully electric very quickly. Other nations such as the Czech Republic or Poland still have a long way to go before then. And the main result of this study is based on the lack of available charging infrastructure. This remains a major obstacle to EV adoption on the continent, despite increased interest from European drivers in switching to EVs. As evidence that their sales in France continue to grow, registering a market share of almost 12% in Q1 2022 versus 7% in Q1 2021. France is 11th in this ranking out of 22 countries surveyed, with an index of 27/50.

“Finding an available charging station is becoming a nightmare”, explains Tex Gunning, Managing Director of LeasePlan, in a press release. The latest census by Avere-France and Gireve on the number of charging points available in France shows France’s delay in building infrastructure adapted to demand. France actually had 57,732 charging points as of March 31, compared to the 100,000 the government wanted by the end of 2021.

According to data from Avere-France, this corresponds to 10 cars per charging point if the Netherlands has three. The table below gives an overview of the situation from country to country. And if France is not among the frontrunners, we can conclude that most countries, with the notable exception of the Netherlands, do not have available charging infrastructure to meet the needs of cars today.

“This report should be a wake-up call for policymakers across Europe: Urgent investments are now needed to have a comprehensive European charging infrastructure.”says Tex Gunning.

Norway, a good electrician student

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. According to the report, Norway and the UK are also the countries most encouraging the pure electric energy transition thanks to a range of subsidies and tax incentives.

Methodology: To compile its index, LeasePlan considered three criteria: EV sales (registrations), the maturity of the infrastructure made available to drivers, and the policies put in place by governments to encourage drivers to switch to EVs.

Top 10 European countries best prepared to switch to electric cars

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