The Netherlands, Norway and Great Britain are currently the countries in Europe best prepared for electric mobility. Germany is on par with Finland in the top third. This is the conclusion of the new EV Readiness Index by LeasePlan.
The index is based on the 2019 figures and four factors that give an overall ranking for each country: Electric vehicle market (including plug-in hybrids), charging infrastructure, government incentives and LeasePlan's expertise on electric mobility in each country. In the evaluation, Germany together with Finland scored 24 points. The Netherlands and Norway have the highest overall score of 34 points each, with Poland and Slovakia at the bottom of the ranking with 11 points each.
Almost all countries in the index have improved compared to the previous year. This points to an increased willingness for electric mobility throughout Europe, even if the individual countries are implementing these improvements at different speeds. This is also the reason why Germany was not quite able to maintain its ranking from the previous year and slipped down by one point. Other countries were able to score more points compared to the previous year.
The overall higher readiness is due to the improved availability of public charging infrastructure. Across Europe, there was a 73 per cent increase in public charging stations. In Germany, the number of public charging points increased to 32,704. And another piece of good news: with a total of 5040 recharging points, Germany is very clearly ahead of the other countries in terms of rapid charging options.
5.7 per cent of all newly registered vehicles in Europe are electric. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of newly registered electric cars rose by an average of 60 per cent. The countries with the highest increase are Luxembourg (+154 per cent), Ireland (+127 per cent) and the Netherlands (+120 per cent).
"Policymakers must act and continue to invest in public charging infrastructure and provide incentives for the introduction of electric vehicles until electrification becomes a matter of course for all motorists". - Roland Meyer, Managing Director of LeasePlan Germany
The more favourable taxation for owners of electric cars has also had a positive effect in many countries. On average, owners of electric cars pay 40 per cent less tax than owners of vehicles with combustion engines. In Europe, the number of registrations of electric cars increased by an average of about 60 per cent.
"Although our EV Readiness Index shows that electric mobility is becoming a viable option in more and more countries, we still have a long way to go before everyone can drive electric cars. Millions of Europeans live in countries where the public charging infrastructure is still very inadequate or where they pay more taxes than the owners of cars powered by fossil fuels. The transition to electric mobility is one of the easiest things we can all do to combat climate change. Everyone should be able to afford to be environmentally mobile." - Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan
LeasePlan, the specialist for car leasing and fleet management, has committed itself to reduce net emissions for the entire customer fleet to zero by 2030. LeasePlan is also a founding partner of the Climate Group's EV100 initiative, a global corporate initiative aimed at accelerating the introduction of electric cars and related infrastructure among the world's leading companies.
LeasePlan's EV Readiness Index 2020 assesses how well the 22 European countries are prepared for the conversion to electric cars. The index is based on four factors: the electric vehicle market (including plug-in hybrids), the network of charging stations, government incentives and LeasePlan's know-how on electric mobility in the individual countries
- Norway, Netherlands 34 pts
- The United Kingdom 30 pts
- Ireland 29 pts
- Sweden 28 pts
- Austria 27 pts
- Luxemburg 26 pts
- Germany, Finland 24 pts
- Belgium, Portugal 23 pts
- Denmark, France, Hungary 22 pts
- Switzerland 21 pts
- Spain 20 pts
- Italy 17 pts
- The Czech Republic 16 pts
- Greece 15 pts
- Romania 12 pts
- Poland, Slovakia 11 pts
Source: LeasePlan - Press release as of 13.02.2020