Power2Drive Europe has crunched some numbers taking data from the EU Commission’s European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO) as its base. At the end of 2022, EV drivers could access 450,478 charge points in Europe; however, the deployment is not even.
More than 60 per cent of charging infrastructure is concentrated in the Netherlands, France and Germany.
The Netherlands remain the frontrunner in the expansion with 111,821 public charging points. France (83,317) holds second place, just ahead of Germany (82,609), followed by Italy (30,787).
Spain takes fifth place with 29,539 charging points, pushing Sweden out of the top 5 in Europe.
Looking at fast charging, the picture changes slightly. Germany takes the lead regarding DC charging with 12,833 DC plugs installed. These are significantly more units than France (8,220), Spain (5,013), Italy (3,295) or the Netherlands (2,754).
Nevertheless, to meet the goals outlined in the European Commission’s alternative fuels infrastructure regulation (AFIR), everyone needs to speed up, writes Power2Drive. The EU Commission reportedly envisions fast-charging stations every 60 kilometres along the main European routes via the AFIR.
To meet this target, the number of fast charging points would have to increase significantly by 2025/2026. Power2Drive estimates the rules amount to one million charging points by 2025 and 3.5 million by 2030.
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