larger charging infrastructure needed for EV adoption

According to LeasePlan's 2023 EV Readiness Index, the charging infrastructure sector has seen significant growth. According to the study, charging infrastructure increased by 45 points (+43%) over the previous year. Despite this, it continues to obtain the lowest scores, impeding the transition to EVs.
The public charge points in relation to the population, the public charge points in relation to the market for EV registrations, and the availability of (DC) fast chargers in relation to the size of available highways are the key elements in the index of the charging infrastructure factor. The charging infrastructure in markets like Germany, France, and the United Kingdom has significantly improved since last year.

Germany now has 96,964 public charging stations in total, with 1.16 charging stations for every electric vehicle registered in 2021 and 138 fast charging stations for every 100 kilometers of highway. Furthermore, depending on the region, the country provides incentives for equipment charging.

France has 120,204 public charging stations, with 3.65 stations per registered EV in 2021 and 121 fast charger locations per 100 kilometers of highway. The country provides incentives such as a 30% tax credit and a 5% VAT reduction for the installation of charging infrastructure in single-family homes and condominiums.

There are 71,576 public charging stations in the United Kingdom, 1.94 stations for every electric vehicle registered in 2021, and 346 fast charging stations for every 100 kilometers of highway. The government offers an EV charge point grant that entitles homeowners who live in flats and people in rental accommodation a 75% discount (up to £350 inclusive of VAT). The local electric vehicle infrastructure (LEVI) fund is expanding and will help local governments install tens of thousands of charge points.

According to the index, a mature charging infrastructure contributes to a smooth EV transition. While progress has been made, much more work remains to be done in order to create a truly sustainable transportation future. Governments and industry players must work together to improve charging infrastructure, which is still a bottleneck in the EV transition.

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Map of Europe showing EV infrastructure maturity score. Countries are color-coded: light green for scores 4 and 5, green for 6 and 7, bright green for 8 and 9, and dark green for 10+. Orange and red indicate scores below 4. Scandinavia and some Western countries have higher scores.
Source: EV readiness index 2023 | LeasePlan
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