According to data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), half of all charging stations in the EU can be found in just two countries: the Netherlands and Germany. While Germany has a very respectable 60.000 charging points, the Netherlands is in the lead (by far), with over 90.000 chargers.
The Netherlands may be small, but it continues to lead the way when it comes to electric vehicles. ACEA points out that the Netherlands makes up less than 1 percent of the surface area of the EU, but that the Low Lands have as many charging stations as 23 of the member states combined.
Over the past several years, the Dutch government has invested millions into establishing a network of charging stations as electric vehicles have become increasingly popular amongst drivers in the Netherlands. Last spring, an international study found that the Netherlands was the world leader in electric vehicles.
EU countries with the most and least e-vehicle charging points
While significant progress has been made over the past several years, ACEA emphasises that much is yet to be done. “Up to 6,8 million public charging points will be required by 2030 to reach the proposed 55 percent CO2 reduction for cars – meaning that we need to see over 22 times growth in less than 10 years,” the association writes.
According to the data published by ACEA, the following EU countries are home to the most public charging points:
- The Netherlands (90,284)
- Germany (59,410)
- France (37,128)
- Sweden (25,197)
- Italy (23,543)
And the following five countries are home to the fewest:
- Cyprus (57)
- Malta (98)
- Lithuania (207)
- Estonia (385)
- Latvia (420)