The Charge Point Monitor and EVMarketsReports.com have released their latest research regarding the number of electric vehicle (EV) charge points per car across Europe. It found that the public European charge point network has grown by 44 per cent in 2022, reaching a total of 574,863 charge points.
Amsterdam has the highest number of charge points with 10.473, followed by London with 9.272, and Rotterdam with 6.463. These growth numbers have been revealed by The Charge Point Monitor which provides insights about the ‘state of charge’ of 16 countries in Europe.
The Charge Point Monitor is initiated by EVMarketsReports.com and is powered by the charge point data of Eco-Movement, a leading global charge point data provider. This ‘free of charge’ monthly updated monitoring service tracks charge points across 16 countries in Europe and covers 48 cities.
EVMarketsReports.com offers the world’s largest collection of EV reports, including the Charge Point Monitor, supporting 6,000 leaders, policymakers and professionals in the EV market. The platform aims to provide a one-stop overview of the EV global market, including data on charging infrastructure, technology, electric vehicle registrations, incentives and regulations.
30 million EVs in Europe by the end of the decade
This growth in charging infrastructure is critical as the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road continues to accelerate. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), it is estimated that 30 million EVs in Europe will be registered by 2030.
The increasing demand for EVs has led to a corresponding need for more public charging points, which are essential for EV owners to access charging options when away from home and to reduce range anxiety.
1 in 4 European cars sold in 2022 is electrified
In 2022, a total of 2.53 million passenger electrified cars, according to expert Schmidt’s Automotive Research Annual Report, have been registered in Europe. One out of four European cars sold in 2022 is electrified (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs)). At present, a total of eight-plus million electrified cars drive on European roads.
Jan Jacobs, EV market analyst and founder of EVMarketsReports.com, said: “The current annual growth figures demonstrate the significant progress that has been made in the expansion of the European charge point network. This sets the stage for continued growth in the adoption of electric vehicles on the continent.”
Ratio of one charge point per 13 electrified cars
As per the recent analysis by McKinsey in 2022, conducted for a report from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), by 2030 the EU-27 would need to scale up to the estimated 3.4 million public chargers required to meet the needs of its future EV fleet.
This number represents an estimated ratio of nine cars per single public charge point. At present, charge point companies and installers are trying to catch up ensuring a great journey for all EV drivers. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of work to do since the current ratio is 13 electrified vehicles versus one charge point.
Germany, France and the UK are slowly gearing up
The Netherlands still operates the largest public charge point network in Europe with an estimated number of 115.000-plus stations growing 35 per cent on an annual basis.
Other western European countries are finally gearing up. In the current pace, it will still take at least two years that Germany, five times bigger fleet than The Netherlands, might overtake the overall number one position of the Netherlands.
The good news is that Germany, France and the UK are stepwise catching up and grew their charging infrastructure network annually with respectively 88.000 (43%), 73.000 (58%) and 55.000 (45%).
This is needed to keep up pace meeting the fast growing electrified passenger car and light commercial vehicle fleets in these countries. Hence, accelerating the investments and related installations of chargers is mandatory in these regions to ensure a successful transition into electric mobility.