The EU lacks charging points for electric cars and we need them now - Green Ecologist

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Europe needs more charging points for electric cars

In that 2016 we published an article where we exposed a curious case in the expansion of renewables in Germany, in short, in a short time they got large facilities that produced renewable energy, but, on their transition route, they did not adequately account for an electrical infrastructure according to the new electricity production.

Obviously! It was only a small bump for greater Germany, but it was a wake-up call. The energy transition is complex and clear objectives with a well-defined path are needed.

I think deep down we all know that we are going to end up buying an electric car or, at least, a hybrid. Sooner or later, we will have to drive a car that does not make noise and, according to experts, pollutes less.

For meet EU climate targets and achieve zero-emission mobility, the electrification of road transport is an urgent priority. The sale of electric cars soared in 2022, reaching 10.5% at the European level (battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid vehicles).

In the EU countries alone, more than 10,000 electric cars were sold in 2022, even surpassing China

Most of the Large EU markets show a more or less equitable distribution in the purchase of vehicles, where 51.5% are battery electric and 48.5% are hybrids. Two clear exceptions are Sweden and the Netherlands. Both have plug-in vehicle market shares of over 25%.

Society is increasingly aware of the need for a forceful change in the field of transport, you know it!

In fact, Almost three quarters of the inhabitants of Madrid and Barcelona are in favor of not allowing the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars after 2030. According to a YouGov poll conducted this year, where the main cities in Europe are on the same line.

If to all this we add that the Spanish administration has just announced that it will allocate more than 13,000 million euros for the transition to the electric car, we are on the right track!

Although I am sure that these European funds will try to invest with the greatest coherence in the world, be careful! Because one transition to ecological transport, requires a significant economic investment in infrastructure, and here, the Brussels guidelines are little up-to-date.

Recharging an electric car should be as simple and transparent for consumers as refueling at a conventional gas station. Fair prices and offered in EUR / kWh, together with an automatic authentication of the entire recharge system.

Recharging an electric vehicle should be as simple and transparent for consumers as refueling at a conventional gas station

The Directive on the deployment of alternative fuel infrastructure in Europe (Directive Directive 2014/94 / EU called AFID that we can consult HERE), establishes a regulatory framework for the deployment of public infrastructures for recharging and refueling alternative fuels in transport: electricity, CNG, LNG and hydrogen.

So far, the AFID directive has been relatively successful in providing an adequate number of public charging points:

The Current directive only requires Member States to have the 'right' number of charging points by 2022 and, where appropriate, it should be reviewed to ensure good coverage by 2025.

At this point, the rapid acceptance of electric vehicles by society stresses that the European Directive is now definitely "obsolete".

Last month the European Commission published a report for the European Parliament and the Council on how Directive 2014/94 / EU was being applied by EU countries. From it, we can extract that:

  • Faced with a rather "ambiguous" directive when it comes to charging points. EU countries have provided scant information on how the corresponding infrastructure is being deployed.
  • With the little information provided, there are significant disparities between EU countries and their infrastructure targets.
  • In 2022 and 2022 there was a much more pronounced increase in the registrations of electric vehicles than in the implementation of public access charging infrastructures. In 2022 the registrations of electric vehicles increased by 50% and, in 2022, by 52% compared to the previous year, while the growth of the charging infrastructure was only 38% and 30%.

To all this, we add that the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), Transport & Environment (T&E) and the European Consumers Organization (BEUC) asked the EU climate, transport, industry and energy commissioners an urgent revision of the alternative fuel infrastructure law to require one million public charging points throughout the block by 2024, and 3 million in 2029.

And finally, the recent report published in Science Direct on the electric vehicle recharging network in Europe already indicates an urgency … "To ensure the adoption of electric vehicles on a large scale, an adequate network of charging stations must be developed".

In general, regions of central and northern Europe tend to show an average of highest number of charging points per capita, While in the eastern and southern europe (with the exception of northern Italy and some areas of Portugal) the population has a fewer charging points accessible to the public.

The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, much of Germany, France and northern Italy appear as the areas of the countries considered in Europe with the fastest accessibility potential.

As we can see on the map, if we look at Spain. We definitely need to influence and create a greater number of charging points to consistently satisfy an easy and consistent access to recharge our electric cars.

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