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One million new EV charging points needed across EU by 2024, industry body says

The EU should set ambitious targets of installing one million electric vehicle (EV) charging points by 2024 and three million by 2029, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has said.

The ACEA, which represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers, said that setting targets would help consumers feel more confident about purchasing an EV as the continent shifts away from fossil fuel-powered vehicles.

The EU has previously been criticised for failing to install enough charging points, especially considering the surging demand for EVs which is putting greater strain on the existing infrastructure.

In a letter to the EU, the ACEA said the number of public charging points needs to keep pace with EV sales and would also grant much needed certainty to the automotive industry, grid operators and transport companies. It added that the proposal would help to create one million jobs across the continent and help the EU meet its climate goals.

William Todts, executive director at campaign group Transport & Environment, said: “If we’re serious about global warming we need to go electric fast. To speed up the transition we need ubiquitous and easy charging - not just in Norway and the Netherlands, but all across Europe. EV charging targets per country are a great way to make that happen and the Commission should stop dragging its feet over this.”

Oliver Zipse, ACEA president and CEO of BMW, said: “European automakers are driving the transition to e-mobility and are literally outperforming each other in launching new electric vehicles, but the success of this huge effort is seriously threatened by the delayed installation of charging infrastructure in the EU.

“The EU Commission quickly needs to take action and set binding targets for the ramp-up of charging infrastructure in the member states. Otherwise, even the current reduction targets in fighting climate change are at risk. In addition to public charging infrastructure, we also need to put a stronger focus on workplace and home charging.”

The letter calls for each country to set simple targets based on a methodology that takes into account factors like how much private charging is available. The number of publicly accessible chargers should increase in line with the number of EVs on the road, the groups also proposed.

This week, nine EU member countries called on the European Commission to set a date for when sales of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicles should be banned. The UK, while no longer an EU member state, has already said it will ban these vehicles by 2030.

Led by Denmark and the Netherlands, the countries said the EU needed to announce a date for the ban if it is to meet its climate obligations.

“We have to accelerate the green transition of road transport and as legislators send clear signals to car manufacturers and consumers across the EU,” said Danish climate minister Dan Jorgensen.

Other countries joining the push were Austria, Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta. Notably absent from this group were major car-producing countries, such as France, Germany and Italy.

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