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Availability of EVs and not recharging infrastructure hinders sales, says new report

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 until 2020.

However, the report added that more investment in the public charging infrastructure was needed after 2020 as electric vehicle sales increased.

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.”