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EV Readiness Index 2022

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This 5th edition of Leaseplan’s EV readiness index provides a comprehensive analysis of the preparedness of 22 European countries for the electric vehicle transition. The Index is based on three factors:

  • The maturity of the EV market
  • The maturity of the EV infrastructure
  • Total cost of ownership (TCO) of an EV
Source: EV readiness index 2022 | LeasePlan

More than just a ranking

The EV Readiness Index includes 22 countries. They are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

However, the Index provides much more than an overall ranking of countries. The detailed data for each of the key factors provide actionable insights into the EV Readiness of each individual market, helping international fleet and mobility managers make the right decisions when it comes to electrifying their fleets.

The EV Readiness Index 2022 rankings are determined using three key factors:

  1. Maturity of electric vehicle market in a country
  2. Maturity of charging infrastructure in a country
  3. Total cost of ownership of EV 

Key findings 2022

  • One of the key findings is that EV uptake increased significantly in almost all markets. This is in line with the increasing popularity of EVs across European countries, with more models becoming available across all segments.
  • Charging infrastructure, however, is still lagging behind on this, creating conditions for a charging shortage as EV registrations keep increasing rapidly. This highlights the urgent need for governments all across Europe to invest in a robust and reliable public charging infrastructure.
  • Another key finding is that, currently, EVs are more affordable than ever. The comparatively lower energy prices for EVs (especially when compared to increased diesel and petrol fuel prices) and more beneficial taxation arrangements for EV owners are mostly driving cost competitiveness.
  • Of all countries, Norway ranked highest in terms of EV readiness. Czech Republic ranked lowest and Greece had the most improved score compared to 2021.
Source: EV readiness index 2022 | LeasePlan

Country highlights

The top-3 was composed of the same countries as last year, with Norway #1, Netherlands #2 and UK #3.

Austria increased significantly, sharing the #3 position with the UK. This can be ascribed to an improved charging network and a steep increase in EV registrations.

Of all countries Greece improved the most, going from 16 points to 23 points. This rise in the charts is driven by an increased EV market share and lower TCO for EVs.

Sweden went up 5 points and Belgium 4, meaning both increased their score significantly. This is mainly due to an improved charging infrastructure and more favourable government incentives for EVs.

Norway and The Netherlands are the most mature markets. However, a small increase in government taxation could have a negative impact on their scores in coming years.

Source: EV readiness index 2022 | LeasePlan

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