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News article6 May 2024

New Study on Accelerating EU Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Roll-out

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EAFO Spotlights ACEA Report on EU EV Charging Infrastructure

The European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO) highlights key findings from a recent ACEA report, "Automotive insights: accelerating the roll-out of EU electric vehicle charging infrastructure." This study critically examines the current state and future needs of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across the European Union to meet the EU's CO2 reduction targets.

Essential Findings from the Report:

  • Current Infrastructure: At the end of 2023, the EU had 632,423 public charging points, serving around 3 million BEVs.
  • Annual Installations Required: The report identifies a significant gap in infrastructure growth, noting that to meet the European Commission's target of 3.5 million charging points by 2030, an estimated 410,000 new points need to be installed annually.
  • Distribution Challenges: The distribution of charging points across the EU is uneven, with three countries—Netherlands, France, and Germany—housing about 61% of all chargers.
  • Fast Charging Availability: Only 13.5% of all charging points offer fast charging capabilities, highlighting a need for an increase in high-capacity chargers to accommodate growing BEV adoption.
  • Policy Implications: The ACEA report stresses the importance of swift implementation of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) to ensure that infrastructure development keeps pace with vehicle electrification needs.

The ACEA report underscores the urgency of expanding and evenly distributing charging infrastructure to support the anticipated surge in electric vehicle adoption across all EU member states. It calls for enhanced government and industry collaboration to accelerate deployment and meet future demands efficiently.

EAFO supports the need for robust monitoring and strategic framework enhancements to ensure that infrastructure development aligns with the EU’s broader environmental and economic objectives, including achieving climate neutrality by 2050 as part of the European Green Deal.

For detailed insights and the full report, please visit EAFO’s dedicated resource page.

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