Availability of EVs and not recharging infrastructure hinders sales, says new report
The limited availability of electric cars and not the
lack of recharging points is responsible for low model registrations, according
to a new analysis.
A report by the Electromobility Platform, a European
alliance of 31 producers, infrastructure managers, operators, transport users,
cities and civil society organisations from across industries and transport
modes, claimed that there were sufficient public recharging facilities for the
number of cars on the road in 2017 in many countries.
What’s more, if national electric vehicle infrastructure
roll-out plans are met there will also be sufficient public electric vehicle rechargers
However, the report added that more investment in the public
charging infrastructure was needed after 2020 as electric vehicle sales
Electric vehicle registrations accounted for just 1.4% of
new car sales in the European Union in 2017.
The analysis found that on average there were five
electric vehicles on the road per public charging point in 2017 in Europe, more
than recommended by the European Commission, which suggests 10.
However the report said that the European average ratio
masked locations of over and under supply where further investment was needed.
Marie-France van der Valk, head of the Brussels
Renault-Nissan Alliance Office and chairman of the Platform for Electromobility, said: “The
European member states are taking the right turn on electromobility and the
electric vehicle market is starting to develop in an encouraging way.
“But full electromobility momentum can only be
achieved together, with all of the European Union members taking real
initiatives for more infrastructure, green public procurement and actively
supporting the shift to a low-carbon economy.”